Jefferson East, Inc. fosters economic growth and a business-friendly environment along the East Jefferson corridor.  We have a reputation for getting things done, and we’re known for our unbiased, engaged programming that provides opportunities for residents, entrepreneurs, and business owners.

JEI represents 5 distinct neighborhoods along the east Jefferson corridor and provides programming within a boundary area of 18.4 square miles and represent approximately 42,120 residents.

                                                 Five Unique Neighborhoods

JEI boundaries and neighborhoods


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.

Come Visit Us!

Rivertown Headquarters (temp location while we redevelop the Kresge Building)
300 River Place, Suite 5250
Detroit, MI 48207

Satellite Office 
Looking to apply for the 0% Home Repair Program? Visit our temporary office.
1018 Chalmers
Detroit, MI 48217

The Team

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 & Urban Design Manager
Enterprise Rose Fellow

(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

Nathan Howell
Americorps, Safe Initiatives
(313) 314-2682

Charlie Grose
Grant Writer/Consultant

Wendy Ricket
Financial Accountant