Deputy Director, Planning and Development Department
City of Detroit, Michigan
On May 14, 2009, Mayor Dave Bing reappointed Marja M. Winters Deputy Director of the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department. In this capacity, she oversees the operations of nearly 200 employees who staff the department’s six divisions: Financial and Resources Management, Housing Services, Neighborhood Support Services, Planning, Real Estate Development and the Office of Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (ONCR), where she served as Director the preceding two years.
As Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (ONCR), Winters worked with community development organizations, volunteers, entrepreneurs and local merchants to revitalize older commercial districts in targeted areas and encouraged small business creation and growth. Before joining the City of Detroit, Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano appointed Winters as Department Executive for Wayne County Parks. While serving three years in this capacity, she worked on several Special Projects including leading the campaign to renew the Parks Millage, developed the framework for Wayne Reads! a comprehensive literacy program, and managed a collaboration to reduce violence and promote conflict resolution throughout Wayne County.
A career public servant, Winters displays her commitment to the City of Detroit through her profession and her strong community involvement. Respected among her peers in the young professional community, Winters is a visible and vocal advocate for civil rights, community empowerment and civic engagement. She is 3rd Vice-President of the Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee, Chair of the Detroit Branch NAACP’s Political Education Committee, Co-Advisor to the Detroit NAACP Youth Council, Team Leader of the Community & Economic Development Ministry and Children’s Church Instructor at Life Changers International Ministries. In January 2008, Winters was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve a two-year term on the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.
Marja M. Winters is a current student of The Urban Ministry Institute, a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Urban Planning.