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City fills neighborhood support position
An active member in the local nonprofit community will now turn her expertise to supporting and enhancing Grand Rapids neighborhoods.
The city last week appointed Stacy Stout to the position of assistant to the city manager-neighborhood coordinator. She will begin her duties Jan. 25.
In the new role, Stout will help City Manager Gregory Sundstrom direct and administer neighborhood coordination efforts throughout the city.
“I am looking forward to having her join our team in continuing to build and strengthen our neighborhoods,” said Sundstrom. “As someone who is already proud to call Grand Rapids her home, she understands quality, engaged, and safe neighborhoods are the key to any successful city.”
Some of Stout’s responsibilities will consist of working with community organizations and departments within the city to implement SAFE and Strong Neighborhood Reports recommendations, participate in crime prevention initiatives, and play a key role in planning the annual Neighborhood Summit.
She also will help with the training and education of nonprofit leadership, board development, community policing, planning commission and city-level processes for neighborhood associations.
Stout said her career and life’s work has been focused on creating equitable opportunities and structures embracing community voice and leadership, and she is honored to serve the residents of Grand Rapids in the new role.
“To achieve the goals stated in the SAFE and Strong Neighborhood Reports, I plan to strengthen collaborations, identify gaps and strategize with the community to create and sustain long-term solutions,” said Stout. “I will help in moving this work forward as part of a dynamic team committed to lifting up neighborhood voice.”
Stout also indicated partnering with Grand Rapids’ residents, who are “experts of their communities” and have “indigenous wisdom” to develop solutions addressing neighborhood concerns will be the key for systemic change to create a more inclusive place to live and work in the area.
Stout currently serves as program manager at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is the co-founder of the Latina Network of West Michigan. She also has experience working as the education director at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, and supporting partnerships with the Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Grandville and Baxter neighborhood associations, as well as other community stakeholders.
“This opportunity aligns perfectly with my demonstrated commitment and skills in engaging a diverse cross-sector of Grand Rapids neighborhoods as a long-time city resident working in the local nonprofit sector,” said Stout.
Stout attended Grand Valley State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership.