Detroiter was ‘pivotal voice’ for community development
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Detroit — A community development professional, Brad Frost moved to Detroit shortly after graduating from college in 2005.
He held several positions in community development as he watched the reawakening of Detroit in the past decade.
He had hoped to see a lot more of Detroit’s rebirth but was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year and died Sunday at his home in Detroit. He was 35.
“He had so much more to give in this life and was robbed of his full potential,” said his wife, Dana, on an Instagram post.
Most recently, Mr. Frost had been director of the Detroit program of Capital Impact Partners, which worked with economic development groups to help fund development in Detroit neighborhoods.
Mr. Frost, who joined the firm in 2013, ensured that the developments provided housing for low- and moderate-income residents.
“He was the pivotal voice in an ongoing effort to launch a neighborhood-based business loan program,” wrote Doug Stewart, executive director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, in a Facebook post.
Before that, Mr. Frost had been a Detroit revitalization fellow at the Detroit Institute of Arts for two years, assisting in community and economic development.
In 2013, he wrote a book, “Reveal Your Detroit: An Intimate Look at a Great American City.” The book, published by Wayne State University Press, contained photos and commentary texts about the city’s top places and assets.
“Brad is one of the most passionate and intelligent people with whom I’ve ever had the privilege of working and studying with,” wrote a friend, Jeremy Potter, on LinkedIn.
Mr. Frost had written a blog, DefendingYourLife.us, about his life in Detroit that, after his cancer diagnosis, described the progression of the illness.
He thought it was important to give people an unfiltered look at his life.
“Most importantly I’ve come to recognize that I have lived a life of meaning and purpose,” he wrote in a 2016 story for the Guardian.
Mr. Frost had grown up in Connecticut and received a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia and a master’s degree in International development and nonprofit management from Tufts University in Massachusetts.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he moved to Detroit for a community development fellowship with United Way. He left Detroit to receive his master’s from 2009 to 2011 before returning to the city.
To celebrate his life, loved ones will gather Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the DIA’s Kresge Court, which Mr. Frost redesigned while he worked for the museum.
In lieu of flowers, his family asked that donations be made to one of the organizations Mr. Frost cared about – Declare Detroit, the Detroit Riverfront or Live6Detroit.