Bradford Frost first moved to Detroit in 2005 as a Community Fellow with United Way of America. He chose Detroit over places like Honolulu, Chicago, Boston and Seattle because of his passion for social justice and community development. During his 4 years living and working in Detroit, Brad facilitated a variety of social innovation projects including nationally recognized efforts in early childhood development, community engagement and organizational change.
Born in Connecticut, Brad grew up in a small New England town but has since lived, studied and worked across the United States and around the globe in places like South Africa, Colombia, and Switzerland. As an American Studies graduate of Mary Washington and an MA in International Development and Nonprofit Management from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Brad has always sought to integrate his passion for community into his work, studies and daily life.
With all the world’s possibilities, Brad is proud to call Detroit home.
Bradford works for the Detroit Institute of Arts to find creative ways to link the museum’s assets and capabilities to support metro-Detroit’s revitalization efforts. In this capacity he has designed several projects including an innovative community engagement effort between the museum and local partners, to enhanced marketing, programming and outreach tools for area residents and small-businesses. His work has resulted in over $300,000 in new grant requests for the Museum and the beginnings of a strategic framework for discerning the intersection of Arts and Cultural sector capabilities with revitalization efforts in Detroit.
Link to Employer Website: Detroit Institute of Arts
Along with his wife and puppy, Brad regularly frequents the Detroit Riverwalk from his Warehouse District loft on long strolls and family outings. Brad recently ran the Detroit Marathon (his first) while covering over 550 miles in 2011. In addition to pounding more of Detroit’s pavement in 2012, Brad’s eager to brush off his kicks and join the Detroit City Football League. When out and about, you’re most likely to find Brad deep in conversation with comrades sipping a Local IPA at the Detroit Beer Co. Otherwise, you can find him writing and cooking up ideas clear across the internet.
- DetroitOpportunityProject.com – A blog about social justice and the American Dream in Detroit, MI.
- The-Road-Taken.com – Just some reflections (sometimes snarky ones) about trying to make a difference in the world.
- Bradford Frost on Twitter
Detroit Fellows blog posts
- May 17, 2012 – Q & A with Bradford Frost, by Erin Kelly