What we do

Live6 Alliance is a nonprofit planning and development organization that has a mission to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity in Northwest Detroit. The organization will act as a conduit between the institutions and their surrounding communities, with a particular focus on the McNichols and Livernois corridors. The organization will actively serves the community in the following six program areas:

  1. Real estate development

  2. Business attraction & retention

  3. Placemaking

  4. Residential stabilization

  5. Safety

  6. Engagement


At the center of Live6 Alliance’s place-based investment strategy is Detroit’s Livernois and McNichols (6 Mile) commercial corridors. These corridors have long served as a vital backbone for the City, hosting a mix of shopping, employers, housing, and institutional activities, while connecting people and neighborhoods. Two of Detroit’s primary higher education institutions, University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College, are located at the meeting of these corridors. The area is defined by some of Detroit’s greatest assets — the Detroit Golf Club and Palmer Park offer world class open spaces, the historic Avenue of Fashion hosts businesses built on a long-legacy arts and culture, and strong and stable neighborhoods offer a diverse mix of housing that Detroit families have called home for decades.


Live6 Alliance was formed in 2015 through a partnership of community, philanthropic and city stakeholders led by the University of Detroit Mercy.


Lauren Hood & Michael Forsyth, Co-Directors

Lauren Hood and Michael Forsyth serve as the acting Co-Directors for Live6 Alliance. Together, they serve as a dynamic team that brings significant experience and a diverse skill set in community and economic development to the organization.

••• Lauren Hood
Lauren Hood was born and raised in the Live6 area and is a University of Detroit Mercy alum. She combines personal and professional experience to bring an authentic perspective to the organization’s neighborhood revitalization work. Prior to joining Live6, Lauren worked in various capacities within the realm of community revitalization. She was the Manager of the Economic Development for the city of Highland Park, MI where she directed the allocation of CDBG funds, housing rehab projects, demolition efforts and business attraction activities. She has served as Director of Community Engagement for Loveland Technologies where she built relationships nationally with social investors, real estate professionals and municipal governments to increase transparency, accountability and access to information for property ownership. She is the founder of DeepDive Detroit, a consciousness raising consultancy with a focus on racial, social and economic justice.

She currently serves as a Mayoral appointee of the Historic District Commission, and a member of Preservation Detroit’s Board of Directors. She holds a Master’s in Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy.

••• Michael Forsyth
Michael Forsyth joined Live6 Alliance as a founding member of the Executive Board in 2015. He saw an opportunity and need to add capacity to the young organization and joined the staff as Co-Director in 2017.

Prior to joining Live6, Michael Forsyth served as the Small Business Director with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation for six years. While at DEGC, Michael designed and managed two-cutting edge programs, Motor City Match and REVOLVE Detroit to facilitate entrepreneurship, real estate development and arts investment in Detroit’s neighborhood business districts. Much of his work focused on the Livernois commercial district.

Michael is also a founding partner and owner of Detroit City Distillery in Eastern Market and Creative Place Consulting. Prior to his work in Detroit, Michael studied temporary use in Germany’s post-industrial cities and joined a Seattle consulting firm where he led a range of economic development projects. Michael attended Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a master’s in Urban Planning.

••• Ajara Alghali, Program Manager 

Ajara is an avid daydreamer, who is also a respected champion for small business owners across multiple sectors.  She’s provided mentoring and technical support to help improve access in high quality education opportunities and outcomes to budding food entrepreneurs.  

Born and raised in Detroit, she attended Wayne State University, for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Ajara, demonstrates leadership and ambition for developing strategies that increase sustainability of education and community based programs.  She has proven success in strategic program planning, training outcomes and contract goals. 

When Ajara is not creating dynamic programs, she’s traveling, teaching and performing West African dance, or being active on various community boards.  Ajara loves Detroit, and is reminded everyday of the spirit of the people, their diversity, and the City's perseverance


••• Caitlin Murphy, RCC Coordinator  

Caitlin Murphy serves as the Civic Commons Coordinator on behalf of Live6.  Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative that supports place-based efforts to catalyze lasting change through the creative use of civic assets.   

She is a 2017 Humanity in Action Fellow and is committed to advocating for equitable neighborhood development through participatory engagement. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Michigan and a Masters of Community Development from The University of Detroit Mercy.  

Executive Board 

Dr. Antoine Garibaldi
Live6 Alliance Board Chair, University of Detroit Mercy President

Benjamin S. Kennedy
Kresge Foundation Managing Director of Detroit and American Cities Practice

Tosha Tabron
JPMorgan Chase Vice President and Relationship Manager for Global Philanthropy


The Community Advisory Board is a selection of neighborhood champions who have personal or professional stake in Live6’s focus area. The group serves as a guiding hand for Live6 activities by providing feedback, advice, and peer-review. 

Alicia Biggers
Bagley Community Council

Austin Black II
City Living Detroit

Caitlin Marcon
Sherwood Forest Community Association

David Rudolph
D Erickson PR

Denise Kennedy
Princeton Street Block Club

Dolphin Michael
Avenue of Fashion Business Association

Eric Vaughn
Eric’s I’ve Been Framed Shop

Frank Rashid
Marygrove College

Gaston Nash
College Core Block Club

George N’Namdi
N’Namdi Gallery

Greg O’Neal
University District Community Assocation

Jodee Fishman Raines
Palmer Park Association/Erb

Foundation Kimberly Tandy
District Manager

Lolita Haley
University Commons

Nancy Varner
Detroit Golf Club

Rob Dewaelsche
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Rose DeSloover
Marygrove Emeritus

Rufus Bartell
Simply Casual Clothing Store

Sarida Scott
Community Development Advocates of Detroit