Emily Thompson

As Director of Economic and Community Development, Emily leads efforts to activate our campus and build connections between our campus and our neighborhood, including special projects in the areas of placemaking, community development, transportation and business support. Emily came to Wayne State from the United Community Housing Coalition, where she coordinated the organization's tax and mortgage foreclosure prevention work. Prior to joining the Housing Coalition, Emily managed the Michigan Suburbs Alliance's (now Metro Matters) civic engagement programs. A Michigan native, Emily earned her B.A. in history and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.