UM Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy: Terri N. O’Neal

Terri N. O’Neal

Terri O'Neal

Terri N. O’Neal was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She is a community curator who is inspired by the everyday grassroots initiatives residents create to build and sustain communities. Terri is compelled to engage policy solutions to address equitable community development and neighborhood revitalization in historically under-resourced communities. She has worked in capacity building in Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston, Durham, and Chicago, and was proud to bring all these experiences back to her hometown Detroit. Since her return to the City, she has worked in community development in the Gratiot-Grand and Durfee/ Central neighborhoods, engaging residents at The Durfee Innovation Society. She enjoys serving her community by volunteering with the National Council of Negro Women – Detroit Section. In addition, she finds joy in caring for her plants, exploring the City’s hidden treasures, and browsing estate sales. Terri received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College.