Our Team

Karen Tyler-Ruiz

Executive Director

Karen Tyler-Ruiz is a non-profit leader who has dedicated much of her career creating opportunities in support of the economic mobility of low-to-moderate income individuals and their families.  She has built strategic partnerships in each role she has held, working in affordable housing, personal finance, workforce development, and funding collaboratives.   Her most recent roles include Senior Director at United Way for Southeastern Michigan, where she provided leadership to a portfolio of family asset building strategies. Tyler-Ruiz helped catalyze the Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families helping over 10,000 Metro Detroiters increase their income and served as Executive Director of the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, a public/private workforce-focused funders’ collaborative.  In that role she helped create Access for All, a Detroit construction trades pre-apprenticeship program with a 91% employment rate, and a 67% apprenticeship entry rate. Ms. Tyler-Ruiz has over 20 years working in community wealth building including neighborhood commercial revitalization and non-profit capacity building.  She is fully bilingual English-Spanish and also has significant international work experience.  She holds a B.A. from Grinnell College and has professional development coursework in organizational development, and a housing finance certification from the National Development Council.

Michael Friedman

Operations and Project Oversight

Michael retired at the end of 2013 from the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP where he was a partner in the employee benefits, executive compensation and insurance groups, advising employers, insurers, health plans and third party administrators on a wide range of issues and litigation matters under ERISA, HIPAA, FMLA, the Tax Code and the Affordable Care Act. He is a certified mediator, and handles pro bono court ordered mediations through the Wayne County Mediation Center. He has been Board Chair of C2BE since its founding in 2007, and has done volunteer staff work for C2BE since his retirement. He is also currently Board Secretary of the Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Detroit, and a Board member and past Board President of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library Foundation. Prior to becoming an attorney, Michael drove a truck in Cleveland, Ohio for 14 years, and was a union activist, being a founding member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU). TDU is still active and is the longest running rank and file caucus in U.S. labor history. Michael received his law degree, magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School, his A.B degree, summa cum laude from Columbia College, and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Trinity College, Cambridge England.

Terry Lewis

Business and Financial Strategy
Terry is the Principal of LIA Advisors, LLC, a private consulting firm providing advisory services in housing and community economic development. She was formerly Vice President for Cooperative Development with the National Consumer Cooperative Bank (dba NCB), where she advised internal NCB teams and NCB customers in multiple lines of business on the structuring and development of cooperative and other community ownership entities. She also served as President and CEO of NCB Community Works, LLC, an affiliated for-profit affordable multifamily housing development organization. In 2011, President Obama appointed Terry to the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s development finance institution, where she serves as a member of the organization’s Audit Committee. From 1991 to 2014 she was a director of the Cooperative Development Foundation, serving for 8 years as Chair and managing governance, strategy, and the oversight functions of multiple grant and loan funds. She was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2008. Her early career was spent as a private attorney in Michigan, specializing in multifamily housing, structuring business entities, and negotiating business transactions. Terry did her undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Law.
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Marcus Perez

Accounting and Internal Data Analyst

Marcus Perez started his career in corporate finance at a Fortune 500 company. After 5 years in the large corporate world he left to start a consulting firm catering to non-profits and small businesses. Over the past 8 years he has engaged with clients in a diverse range of industries such as manufacturing, real estate, retail, software development as well as non-profits. The focus of these engagements has been strategy, financial systems and processes and data analytics. With his consulting firm he created a program with Microsoft to bring the data analytics tools used by large corporations to non-profits. Marcus graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Accounting.

Bryce Detroit

Outreach, Cultural Marketing & Programming

For the past 5 years, Bryce has led an intergenerational charge to “bridge the gap” between Detroit’s legendary musical pioneers and the city’s young emergent innovators. In 2012, Bryce teamed with legendary Motown arranger Paul Riser to co-direct and host the Red Bull Music Academy presents Motown to New York City: Paul Riser & Friends w/Young Guru. In 2014, he produced the ONE MILE Mothership Launch: Legacy of Funk concert with funk legend Carl ‘Butch’ Jones, bringing together four generations of Parliament-Funkadelic alumni. As founder of Detroit Recordings Company, he uses entertainment arts and community cultural legacies to promote new Afrikan and Indigenous narratives, cultural literacies, and new cooperative music economies—Entertainment Justice. He grows intersectional communities as C2BE’s Director of Cultural Programming, as Director of Commons Relations for East Michigan Environmental Action Council, and as a founding member of Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition and Detroit Future Youth Network.

Our Board of Directors

Hassan Bazzi, Director of Community Innovation, Forward Cities 

Steve Dubb, Senior Editor, Nonprofit Quarterly

Dr. Alicia Renee Farris, Chief Operations Officer, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Mr. Vincent Tilford, President & CEO, Hannan Foundation.

Judith Williams, Retired Community Economic Developer, Commercial and Housing specialties

Delphia Simmons, Chief Impact & Learning Officer, COTS Detroit

Juwon Harris, COVID-19 Health Educator and Outreach Specialist, CDC Foundation

Sarah Craft, Director, Detroit Venture For America


Andrew Blain, Consultant, Next Level Consultants

David Drews, retired CFO of Project Worldwide

Juan Escareno, Community Growth Partners

Ian Chan Hodges, Principal, Responsible Markets

Alan Kaniarz, Principal, AK Services

Adam Konner, IT and Co-op Consultant, Collective Seeds

Reverend Barry Randolph, Pastor, Church of the Messiah

Paul Saginaw, Co-Owner & Founding Partner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

Errol Service, Principal, ECP Partnership, McDonald’s



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