Lauren A. Hood

Lauren A. Hood

Lauren A. Hood is a native Detroiter and AfroUrbanist working at the intersection of Black aspiration and city change. Applying a reparations lens to the work, Lauren employs the strategies of storytelling, visioning, and relationship building to addressing a community’s past harms, present needs and future hopes and dreams. Credentialed and experienced as both a community developer and equity facilitator, she holds space for otherwise difficult conversations that allow practitioners and citizen stakeholders to understand and value each others contributions while working toward transformational outcomes.


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