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Model D profiles Detroit Revitalization Fellow Dara O'Byrne

March 26, 2013

Dara O'Byrne grew up in Grosse Pointe Park but found her calling in the City of Detroit. She had been passionate about environmental issues throughout her childhood and after high school won a cancer research internship at Wayne State University. "That's where I got engaged in the urban environment," O'Byrne says. An opportunity arose through the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program -- a Wayne State University project (funded by Kresge Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hudson-Webber Foundation, the Skillman Foundation and Wayne State) that matches rising professionals with organizations working at the forefront of Detroit revitalization efforts. O'Byrne is one of 29 Fellows, chosen from a field of 647 applicants from across the country. She's now working with the City's Planning and Development Department to update design standards for commercial streets as part of the effort to revitalize Detroit's neighborhoods.