Nonprofit Housing Developer Names New Executive

Nonprofit Housing Developer Names New Executive

The Nonprofit Leadership Search and Support team at Third Sector Company is thrilled to share that Jeremy DeRoo has been appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer of Dwelling Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


As CEO, DeRoo will continue to lead the work of being a force for change in meeting a wide array of affordable housing and support services needs. As a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization, while using a racial equity framework, he brings a honed skillset to Dwelling Place after serving as Executive Director at LINC Up for nearly 13 years.

We are confident in Jeremy’s ability to articulate vision and know he will be an outstanding CEO whose passion for improving the life chances for historically marginalized communities will fit nicely at Dwelling Place,” said Dwelling Place Board President Juan Daniel Castro.


The board is excited to work with Jeremy as our new CEO and believe that he is well-positioned as a local leader and influencer. His track record in real estate and community development, affordable housing, authentic community engagement, racial equity and all facets of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is solid and we believe that Dwelling Place will be well-positioned under his guidance to thrive in the years to come.”


Previously as Executive Director, DeRoo led LINC Up in revitalizing neighborhoods through authentic engagement, stimulating economic development, expanding housing opportunities, creating affordable housing, and developing leadership and capacity in residents and grass-root organizations. DeRoo has positioned LINC Up to create intentional connections at the national, state, local, and block level to maximize impact in the communities served. Recognizing that community development work within the urban core American context is connected to racial equity, Jeremy has helped build a diverse team of employees and helped address issues of systemic racialization in Grand Rapids.


I sincerely appreciate the board’s confidence in me, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead another great organization. My passion and purpose align with my personal commitment to engage in the work of community and systems change here in our community,” said DeRoo. “I believe with the experienced and talented staff at Dwelling Place, we will continue to move forward and provide the stellar services and programs our neighbors and community deserve, including the addressing of the housing shortage.”


All of the Third Sector Company community sends our very best to Jeremy and Dwelling Place in providing affordable housing that revitalizes neighborhoods and lifts up residents!


Dwelling Place improves the lives of people by creating quality affordable housing, providing essential support services, and serving as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization, as one of the largest and most effective community development corporations in the state of Michigan. Extending from the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids, where Dwelling Place was founded, the organization has properties in nine other Grand Rapids neighborhoods and 9 communities throughout Kent, Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties.


Third Sector Company, in association with Jan Glick & Associates, is delighted to support organizations like Dwelling Place. Since its inception in 2002, Third Sector Company’s mission has been firmly rooted in providing leadership continuity solutions to the nonprofit sector. Like all of our services, Nonprofit Leadership Search and Support was created by nonprofit executives to be of benefit to our peers and to the entire nonprofit sector.


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