About the Conservancy


Established in 2018, the Marygrove Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that manages operations and stewards a 53-acre campus in northwest Detroit, the site of the former Marygrove College which operated from 1905 until 2019.

A major initiative of the conservancy is managing a landmark partnership to create a cradle-to-career (P-20) educational campus on the site. The P-20 campus is being designed to be an educational, economic and civic anchor in the revitalization efforts of the Livernois-McNichols community. The campus will integrate academic experiences from early childhood to college and career with community-driven services, so that students are empowered and equipped to define their own future and that of their communities.

Mission statement

The mission of the Marygrove Conservancy is to preserve the legacy of Marygrove College through equitable stewardship of a campus that exemplifies excellence in education, serving Northwest Detroit and the city overall.

Vision statement

The Conservancy envisions the campus as an anchor and hub of a thriving Northwest Detroit community, in which all children and families are engaged in transformative educational experiences from cradle to career, reflecting the legacy of Marygrove College’s role in the community.

Marygrove Conservancy Leadership

Tom Lewand

Chief Executive Officer

Racheal Allen

Chief Operating Officer

Marygrove Conservancy Board

Sister Jane Herb Chair, IHM Sisters 

Antoine Garibaldi University of Detroit Mercy

 Glenda Price Marygrove College President Emerita

 Rose DeSloover Marygrove College Professor Emerita 

Michael Forsyth Live6 Alliance

Wendy Lewis Jackson The Kresge Foundation

 Aaron Seybert The Kresge Foundation

Elizabeth Burns Marygrove College President

Ajara Alghali Live6 Alliance

Detroit Creative Economy Census

Detroit has always been one of the most artistic and culturally significant cities, and both the Marygrove Conservancy and the Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) aim to support and invest in the city’s creative industry, arts and culture organizations and artists.

The Marygrove Conservancy in partnership with Detroit ACE are conducting a comprehensive census to determine the breadth and depth of Detroit’s creative workforce, making it easier to improve arts and culture programming and secure funding. All members of Detroit’s artist community are invited to complete the online census. Take a few moments to claim your creativity! Take the Detroit Creative Economy Census.

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