Leadership team

Irvin D. Reid (Co-Founder/Co-Director)

Irvin D. Reid is president emeritus of Wayne State University.  After 11 years of distinguished service (1997-2008), Dr. Reid left the presidency of Wayne State to become inagural holder of the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement and Director of FOCIS. He is also director of the African Democracy Project (ADP) at Wayne State, a program of student and the making of a documentary on the unfolding of democracy on the continent.  In 2011-2012, FOCIS launched the CitizenDetroit program, co-directed by Dr. Reid and former City of Detroit Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel. CitizenDetroit is a grassroots educational project designed to directly engage the community on pressing issues that face the city of Detroit.   

Before coming to WSU as its president, Dr. Reid served from 1989 to 1997 as the seventh president of Montclair State which he took to university status from a college.  He has received many honors and awards, plus sits on various boards. Dr. Reid earned masters and PhD degrees in business and applied economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from Howard University.  He also holds a certificate in educational administration from Harvard University.  

Sheila Cockrel (Co-Founder/Co-Director) is the founder and CEO of Crossroads Consulting Group, specializing in helping companies which seek to bring strategic business solutions to local governments. She is best known for her 16 years of service on Detroit's city council where she provided a consistent voice of reason, and earned a reputation for acting with integrity and standing accountable for her decisions.  She also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University, teaching local democracy courses and engaging students in service-learning opportunities. Cockrel is a frequent guest on local broadcast news media outlets, respected for her expertise and perspective on local government.
Bettie Buss (Lead Researcher) provides research support to CitizenDetroit. Ms. Buss recently retired from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, where she researched and published reports about fiscally distressed communities such as Detroit. She has extensive experience working for Detroit city government. From 1969 and 1986 she was a supervising budget analyst for the City of Detroit.
Sandra Yu Stahl (Lead Evaluator) assists with CitizenDetroit project evaluation including data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results. Sandra Yu began volunteering for CitizenDetroit in 2013, processing real time-data at Dinner and Dialog sessions. Since November 2013, she has worked with Loveland Technologies as Community Consultant, supporting user development and outreach for the Motor City Mapping project. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sandra is a 2014-15 Detroit Revitalization Fellow with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.
Pamela William (Lead Event Manager) serves as Associate Director for Wayne State's Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS), under the direction of Irvin D. Reid.  She is the point-person for CitizenDetroit program management and event logistics.  She performs a number of management, outreach, and marketing roles to ensure the successful implementation of programs.  She is detail-oriented and brings years of experience in administration, community relations and event management to CitizenDetroit.
Sabrina Stennis-Jefferson (Administrative Secretary) provides high-level administrative assistance to Irvin D. Reid, president emeritus and holder of the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement at WSU.  In the office of the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) the secretarial position is an important role for the successful functioning of the department and maintenance of historical data.  Sabrina performs a full range of confidential administrative, and programmatic support functions. She has worked with Dr. Reid during her fifteen years at Wayne State University. 
Ingrid White (Lead Coordinator/Facilitator Team) coordinates CitizenDetroit's facilitator activities.  She also serves as a program manager with Detroit Future City (DFC), working in neighborhoods and providing support to DFC projects.  In addition, she is a contract manager with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp (DEGC) relative to federal and local foundation grants that fund green - and blue infrastructure and energy conservation projects on Detroit's east side.  She is happiest when interacting with Detroiters who are engaged in our city's revitalization.