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. She is also an editor for Crain’s Detroit Business. 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.

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.

Jolene Kijorski
Secretary | Board of Directors


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

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.

Eric Kehoe
Director | Board of Directors


Miranda Day
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.