Debbie Fisher is Director of The HOPE Village Initiative. She joined Focus: HOPE in 2002 and led Focus: HOPE’s community and economic development team for nine years before becoming the Director of the HOPE Village Initiative. Debbie has demonstrated extraordinary commitment in the revitalization of the neighborhoods around Focus: HOPE and was a key part of the team responsible for developing the framework and vision for The HOPE Village Initiative, a comprehensive community change initiative targeting the neighborhoods around the Focus: HOPE campus.
The initiative’s goal is that 100% of the residents in the HOPE Village will be educationally well-prepared and economically self-sufficient, living in a safe and supportive environment, by the year 2031. Before joining Focus: HOPE, Debbie worked for 11 years in the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department and for almost 5 years as attorney with Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn where she worked on real estate developments with a public/private focus. She holds degrees from King’s College, Cambridge; Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. For over 30 years,she and her family have lived and worked in Detroit; she passionately believes in the future of the city of Detroit and its people.