Director of Land Use and Economic Development
Raúl Echevarria is a community development practitioner with more than 20 years of experience, primarily in Humboldt Park, a historical Puerto Rican community in Chicago, IL. Raúl is a student at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He approaches his work by uniting theories centered on community building development with theologies based on the liberation of the oppressed, social justice and decolonization. Raúl reflects and expounds on this experience in community building as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Detroit-Mercy, where he teaches in the Master of Community Development program in the School of Architecture. Echevarria has been married to Ana for 16 years, and they have two adult children, Jazzmin, and Nicholas. The family resides in Wyandotte, MI.