Jefferson East, Inc. is a partnership organization and collaborative catalyst for economic development among the five districts that comprise the east Jefferson corridor: Lafayette Park, Rivertown, the Villages, the Marina District and Historic Jefferson-Chalmers.

Formed in 2013 by the affiliation of the East Jefferson Corridor Collaborative and the Jefferson East Business Association, JEI exists to increase the viability of business districts and density of residential neighborhoods while creating an inviting sense of place.

We do this through innovative programming and community events, and by creating and maintaining a clean, safe and green environment along East Jefferson Avenue in true collaboration with our partner organizations, and through the collective voice of our constituent districts.


Jefferson East, Inc. Headquarters
14628 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48215

Rivertown Offices
300 River Place, Suite 2800
Detroit, MI 48207


Joshua R. Elling
Executive Director
313-331-7939, ext. 305

Acquanetta Sproule
Office Manager
313-331-7939, ext. 310

Melanie Piana
Deputy Director Policy & Programs
313-331-7939, ext. 403

Michelle Lee
Neighborhood Revitalization Director
313-331-7939, ext. 302

Rebecca Nikodem
Housing & Neighborhood Services Coordinator
313-331-7939, ext. 304

Krystal Fields
Clean & Safe Director
313-331-7939, ext. 301

Brian Hurtienne
Economic Development Consultant
313-331-7939, ext. 404

Joshua Budiongan
Planning & Design Director and Economic Development Manager
313-331-7939, ext. 402

Eve R. Doster
Marketing & Communications Consultant/Website Editor