City of Lansing – Department of Neighborhoods + Citizen Engagement
316 N. Capital Ave – D1 | Lansing, MI 48933 Phone: 517-483-4051
Erin BuitendorpResource Development VISTAPhone: 517-483-4076
In April 2018, Erin began serving the City of Lansing’s Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement as an AmeriCorps Resource Development VISTA for the 2018-2019 year. Erin’s primary areas of focus are: The City of Lansing’s Citizen’s Academy, SERVE Lansing and the mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board. Erin is excited to switch gears for the next year as she explores the exciting world of municipal government and community based organization management. She is also an active neighbor in Sycamore Park Neighborhood Association serving on the executive board. Erin holds a Master of Arts from Western Michigan University in Counseling Education.
Rich NicholsonCommunity Engagement VISTAPhone: 517-483-4075In April 2018, Rich began serving the City of Lansing’s Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement as an AmeriCorps Outreach Development VISTA for the 2018-2019 year. Rich's primary areas of focus are: Walking Wednesday neighborhood explorations, United Way neighborhood cleanups, Lansing's Neighborhoods in Bloom effort, and the Love Lansing Gala celebrating Lansing neighborhood leaders. He also loves to design print media for the department. Rich's interest in neighborhoods came from growing up in a transitional bundle of blocks on Detroit’s east side, near Hamtramck, during the 80s and 90s. During the 90s,as the last of the resources from local auto plants dwindled, Rich watched his neighborhood transform into something he no longer recognized. Houses burned. Cars were stolen. The sense of neighborhood security faded. He left home as a fourteen-year-old wanting to understand what had happened to his neighborhood and city. Twenty years, a geography degree, and several experiences later, Rich is here in Lansing, ready to take what he's learned and apply it to solutions that will advance Lansing as a city, while also engaging traditionally overlooked groups and offering opportunities to engage local government.
Martha FedorowiczSpecial Projects AdministratorMartha was hired as the Lansing Neighborhoods Special Projects Administrator by the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement after working on a consulting project for the department during the second year of her Master's Program. In this role, she supports the team by developing internal tools and resources to increase the department's operational capacity and has also developed and run the 2018 Lansing Photo Contest and Lansing Ward History Project. She graduated in 2018 with a Master of Public Policy degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Prior to attending graduate school, Martha worked as a Site-Based Program Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and served in the Peace Corps as a Youth and Community Development Volunteer in Morocco.
DeLisa FountainAdministrative AssistantPhone: 517-483-4051Born and raised in Lansing, graduate of J W Sexton High School and Davenport University, DeLisa began working for the City of Lansing in September 2014. Prior to coming to the City of Lansing, DeLisa was a Lead Community Organizer for N.E.O.N. (Nurturing Early On is Necessary), a parent led community organization (under the guidance of One Love Global) that focused on the engagement of families with children ages 0-8. She is raising her three sons to value community involvement as well with the belief that sowing into one’s community is not a chore but an obligation no matter the age. DeLisa is excited to tackle her new role as the Administrative Assistant for NCE and is looking forward to working with the many community organizations in our great city!