Laura J. Trudeau, principal of Trudeau Consulting, LLC, retired in December 2016 from The Kresge Foundation, where she served as senior advisor to the president on regional transit in 2016. For ten years prior, she was managing director of Kresge’s Detroit Program leading the foundation’s nine-point investment framework to foster green, healthy, active neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown while increasing access to economic opportunity, education, transportation, and arts and culture. She worked nationally with community development grantmakers and practitioners to identify promising initiatives for the redevelopment of older industrial cities and to build bridges between Detroit and other urban communities to encourage the sharing of information and strategies. Her signature projects at Kresge included the revitalization of Detroit’s East Riverfront and Eastern Market, the M-1 RAIL (QLINE) streetcar circulator on Woodward Avenue that opened in May 2017, the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan to improve conditions in neighborhoods, and the Foundation’s involvement in the Fund for Detroit’s Future (Grand Bargain), a foundation collaborative to resolve the City’s bankruptcy filed in 2013.
A graduate of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Laura is active in the nonprofit sector. She chairs the board of Detroit Future City, serves on boards of Invest Detroit, the Detroit Symphony, Community Reinvestment Fund (Minneapolis), and is involved as a volunteer with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Gleaners Food Bank, and M-1 RAIL, Inc. Past board and executive committee service includes the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Detroit Advisory Board, Gleaners Community Food Bank and Eastern Market Corporation.