Jefferson East, Inc.


Jefferson East, Inc. is a partnership organization and collaborative catalyst for economic development among the five districts that comprise the east Jefferson corridor: Lafayette Park, Rivertown, the Villages, the Marina District and Historic Jefferson-Chalmers.

Formed in 2013 by the affiliation of the East Jefferson Corridor Collaborative and the Jefferson East Business Association, JEI exists to increase the viability of business districts and density of residential neighborhoods while creating an inviting sense of place.

We do this through innovative programming and community events, and by creating and maintaining a clean, safe and green environment along East Jefferson Avenue in true collaboration with our partner organizations, and through the collective voice of our constituent districts.


Rivertown Offices

300 River Place, Suite 5250
Detroit, MI 48207


Joshua R. Elling
Executive Director
(313) 314-2679

Acquanetta Sproule
Office Manager
(313) 314-2684

Melanie Piana
Deputy Director Policy & Programs
(313) 314-2681

Derric Scott
Economic Development Director
(313) 314-2672

Joshua Budiongan
Planning & Design Director and Economic Development Manager
(313) 314-2682

Michelle Lee
Neighborhood Revitalization Director
(313) 314-2683

Rebecca Nikodem
Housing & Neighborhood Services Coordinator
(313) 314-2672

Krystal Fields
Clean & Safe Director
(313) 314-2678

Saif Shaman
Americorps, Safe Initiatives
(313) 314-2682

Charlie Grose
Grant Writer/Consultant

Wendy Ricket
Financial Accountant