President Amy Elliott Bragg speaks at the Last Service at First Unitarian, May 2014

Preservation Detroit is guided by a board of directors, an advisory council composed of past organization leaders and preservation community professionals, and a committed corps of active volunteers. We are a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Amy Elliott Bragg
President | Board of Directors

Amy Elliott Bragg joined the board of directors in April 2013. A noted writer and speaker on Detroit’s pre-automotive history, she is the author of Hidden History of Detroit and an independent docent and tour guide. Elliott Bragg also brings her professional experience in media to her leadership role at Preservation Detroit. Currently she is content director for Issue Media Group, an Inc. 5000 media company dedicated to telling the story of growth, development, leadership, and transformation in cities across the country, including Detroit (Model D and UIX Detroit). She is a graduate of Beloit College and blogs about the Motor City before the motor at

Dawn Bilobran
Executive Vice President | Board of Directors

Dawn joined the Board of Directors in August 2013. She holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. in Political Science and Jewish Studies from Indiana University. Dawn is specifically interested in the correlation between historic preservation, economic development and civic engagement and the roles they play in sustainable community revitalization. A Detroit resident, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

Lisa Phillips
Secretary | Board of Directors
Lisa has been involved with Preservation Detroit’s historic tour program, and has spearheaded a digitization project of PD’s historic archives. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and is pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Science. Her skills from a previous life in retail management are focused on growing Preservation Detroit’s membership, and using digital tools to engage and inform a wider audience. Ask her how she grew to love Detroit’s rich architectural fabric, and she’ll tell you about her blog about Belle Isle and the infinite joys of exploring Detroit with her dogs George and Grace. She joined the board in May 2012. From February to December 2013, she took a leave from the board to work as office staff. She works in a private archive.

Steven Levine
Treasurer | Board of Directors

Steven joined the Board of Directors in October 2010 and currently serves as Treasurer. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and also attended Wayne State’s M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting. With his own accounting practice, Steven brings to Preservation Detroit over 30 years of public accounting experience. Born in Detroit, he has a long family history rooted in Eastern Market. His grandfather started a wholesale produce business there in the 1930s, and Steven has shared his family experiences during Preservation Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market tours, offering a unique perspective on commerce and Jewish life in Detroit.

Jennifer Ruud
Tour Director | Board of Directors

Jen joined the board in April of 2013. She received a BA from the University of Detroit Mercy with a focus in advertising, public relations, and writing. Her professional and volunteer experiences span many industries and have made her highly versatile and adaptable in anything she gets involved with. She cut her community organizing teeth most notably by taking on a variety of roles with Detroit Synergy over the course of several years. She subsequently built on those skills by working for and with Inside Detroit, D:hive, and Green Living Science. Her involvement over the last 10 years in the Detroit community has turned her into a natural and genuine ambassador for the city as well as an instant connector to people, places, and anything else noteworthy in the city.

Jason Fowler
Director | Board of Directors

Lauren Hood
Director | Board of Directors

Lauren Hood, who was born and raised in Detroit, specializes in ecosystem development with a strong focus on community engagement. She is the newly installed Acting Director of Live6, a planning and development organization that seeks to enhance quality of life and encourage economic opportunity in Northwest Detroit with a particular focus on the McNichols and Livernois corridors. Lauren also currently serves as a Mayoral appointee to the Historic District Commission. Prior to this, she was the Manager of the Economic Development project portfolio for the city of Highland Park, MI where she directed the allocation of CDBG funds, housing rehab projects, demolition efforts and business attraction activities. Her subsequent role, as the Director of Community Engagement for Loveland Technologies, enabled her to build relationships nationally with social investors, real estate professionals and navigate various municipal governments. Simultaneously, while navigating those experiences and building relationships, Lauren started DeepDive Detroit, a consciousness raising consultancy with a focus on racial, social and economic justice.  She speaks regularly at events concerning community engagement, equitable development, social investment and the intersections of economic development and social justice. In addition to being a regular guest columnist in local Op-ed pages, she is active at her alma mater, University of Detroit Mercy where she received a Masters in Community Development and undergraduate Business Degree. She joined the board in October of 2013.

James M. Young
Director | Board of Directors

Joining the Board of Directors in October 2011, Jim brings to Preservation Detroit historic restoration and rehabilitation experience, coupled with education expertise and a great enthusiasm for community awareness. A long-time Detroit resident, Jim has had a hand in the restoration of five historic apartment buildings and is currently working on a house built in the 1880s. He is also a professor of English at Macomb Community College.

Miranda Dufresne
Preservation Associate
Miranda Dufresne is a graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, currently pursuing her Master’s in Community Development. She joined Preservation Detroit in November 2015 as Preservation Associate with an unrelenting pursuit for architectural history in hopes of being a part of Detroit’s revival through advocacy, community engagement, and design.