Alissa Shelton

Owner & Program Curator, Bank Suey, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Alissa Shelton is the owner of Bank Suey, a community space in the heart of Hamtramck, Detroit. She believes that every citizen has the power and responsibility to change their community, given the right skills or inspiration. A 1920s bank building turned Chop Suey restaurant turned community space, Bank Suey has hosted 55+ gatherings with 2500+ attendees covering a broad range of topics unified by a purpose: to build skills, understanding, and confidence resulting in citizen involvement and greater community wealth. In her "day-job" Alissa is the director of training and alumni relations for a national non-profit, Incremental Development Alliance, which focuses on training citizens to become small scale real estate developers in their neighborhoods. Alissa serves on the Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority and volunteers for the Hamtramck Music Festival. Alissa is enthusiastic about citizen ownership, historic preservation, local politics, and is endlessly curious about other people. She holds a B.Sc. in psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.


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