Jeanette Pierce: Founder & Executive Director of the Detroit Experience Factory

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Jeanette Pierce is a lifelong native of Detroit proper, and she is what I would call the human encyclopedia of all things Detroit. After studying abroad in Spain, she was inspired to help create the same small-town, know your neighbors across the street feel to Detroit, as she saw fit. Since then, she's worked at building the new narrative of Detroit for over 15 years. In her cofounder and director roles at Inside Detroit, D:hive, and now the Detroit Experience Factory, she has been a huge contributor to the new-age perspective on Detroit. Having toured Senators, Governors, Mayors, Presidents, CEOs, and so many more, she's experienced firsthand, and even been the cause of, the frame shift of what was once seen as a desolate city, to one that is thriving.