The Detroit News profiles Ryan Friedrichs, the city's newly installed chief development officer, and his work to keep philanthropic aid coming in the wake of the foundation-driven "grand bargain" that helped lift Detroit out of insolvency. Mayor Mike Duggan hired Mr. Friedrichs in February, reinstating a philanthropy-focused City Hall post that had been absent from the two previous administrations.
Mr. Friedrichs is charged with drawing new philanthropic investment as Detroit seeks to build on the momentum of the grand bargain, an $816 million plan funded by foundations, companies, and Michigan taxpayers to shore up city pension funds and protect municipally owned art from sale during bankruptcy proceedings. He is a veteran of Michigan nonprofits and national civic-engagement groups.
In his first months on the job Mr. Friedrichs has traveled around the country meeting with foundation leaders, whom he said are newly "fascinated by Detroit. They want to understand the grand bargain, who was involved and what the second act is. What is the follow up to the national moment in the philanthropy world?"