Founding CEO leaving post at Eastside Community Network

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Longtime Detroit community activist Maggie DeSantis is leaving her post at the Eastside Community Network in early 2016.

The board of the community organization, formerly known as the Warren/Conner Development Coalition, made the announcement on Tuesday.

DeSantis, founding CEO, has led the organization since its inception over 30 years ago, and has spearheaded a number of significant initiatives in Detroit’s eastside, including the “Lower Eastside Action Plan” and the revitalization of Chandler Park.

DeSantis said she is not retiring from the workforce.

“I intend to remain working in Detroit in the community development arena, hopefully focusing on the systems needed to create and maintain a vibrant neighborhood dynamic. I am engaged now in exciting conversations about related work possibilities,” she said.

Barb Martin, ECN’s Board Chair, commented said under DeSantis’ stewardship the organization remains strong.

“We are focused together on our mission, and on serving the people and businesses of our lower eastside community,” she said.

The board hopes to name a new CEO by the end of this year.