Mark Crain is an advocate for fostering a thriving west side Detroit neighborhood.
Mark is the executive director at Dream of Detroit (DREAM), an organization combining community development and organizing to revitalize a neighborhood and build a thriving community in the west side of Detroit. DREAM also provides affordable housing and organizes local Muslim residents to advocate for racial and economic justice in the city.
Mark has extensive experience in organization development that he brings into his efforts at DREAM. Prior to DREAM, Mark worked in digital strategy and community organizing at Chicago’s Inner-City Muslim Action Network, the Obama 2012 campaign, and most recently, MoveOn.
Mark’s vision for his community in the next 40 years is for the city to be anchored in homeownership, small business development, cooperative economics, local food sourcing, and access to education and the arts. He longs to create an equitable city where neighborliness is a shared value, and the neighborhood is a thriving mixed-income community with dignified housing for all.
Mark has significant organizational development experience and currently serves on the boards of the Detroit Justice Center, ReThink Media, and Emgage Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African-American Studies from Northwestern University.