Jamie has been CEDAM’s Executive Director since 2010 – overseeing all areas of the organization. In addition, Jamie handles CEDAM’s housing work, including advocacy surrounding the QAP. Jamie also provides consulting work on strategic planning, community visioning, volunteer recruitment and retention and is a regular speaker at events.
Prior to joining CEDAM, she served as the Organizational Specialist with the Michigan Main Street Center @ MSDHA, where she worked with communities to create and improve their Main Street program, a national approach to revitalizing traditional, historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Jamie worked at the local level as the Executive Director of the Old Town Commercial Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing Lansing’s historic Old Town district. While there, Jamie helped to welcome in 30 new businesses in one year alone, won IKEA’s Main Street Makeover contest and created a number of new events and fundraisers including the Festival of the Moon, Old Town Oktoberfest and more. Jamie also worked as the Communications and Government Affairs Specialist for Emergent BioSolutions (formerly BioPort Corporation), where she created their Charitable Giving Committee and helped to create partnerships with local non-profits, as well as worked with a number of national organizations to help create the Partnership for Anthrax Vaccine Education.
Jamie is a member of the the Michigan Main Street Advisory Committee and an executive committee member of Michigan Community Capital (formerly the Michigan Magnet Fund). Jamie is a Big Sister and served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region Board of Directors until being term-limited in December, 2014, is the former secretary for the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations Board, the former Board President and committee chair of the Old Town Commercial Association and the former Chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis’ Affordable Housing Advisory Council. She is a founding member of VACANT Lansing and volunteers with a number of organizations. Jamie possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Family Studies and German from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University. Jamie has assisted with the rehabilitation of several historic properties in the Greater Lansing area and recently finished rehabbing a historic, mixed-use building in Old Town Lansing where she lives with her two, very spoiled, yappy dogs.