James W. Ribbron

Title: Director
Company: Board of Zoning Appeals, City of Detroit
Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

James Ribbron, Director at Board of Zoning Appeals for the city of Detroit, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public administration.

After completing coursework in nonprofit agency administration from Wayne State University, Mr. Ribbron entered public service on the Detroit City Council’s Youth Advisory Commission as a special projects assistant, where his tasks and duties included identifying issues of concern to youth in Detroit and report the findings to the Detroit City Council. In 1995, he worked for Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland as his legislative assistant. His responsibilities included work on many of the Urban Renewal Projects that are now institutions in the city of Detroit, such as Comerica Park, casinos and the Detroit Lions Project. Mr. Ribbrongained valuable experience in the community with people helping citizens solve problems with city services and programs.

As a Kellogg Youth Development Seminar participant, Mr. Ribbron represented the Davison Elementary School in the Kellogg Foundation’s effort to develop leadership from within the Detroit community. Additional training included New Detroit Excel 2000 Leadership, Michigan Political Leadership Program and a Eureka fellowship. His community service includes efforts as a member of the Michigan State University Extension Council for Wayne County and a representative on the Statewide Council for the Board of Directors for Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Detroit Primary Care Network. Mr. Ribbron’s volunteer activities include terms as a chairman of the Wayne County Foster Review Board #9 and community liaison for the Davison Association of Neighborhood Block Clubs. In addition, Mr. Ribbron served as the executive director for Eureka Communities in Detroit from 1998 to 2002.

Mr. Ribbron has provided superior service as a member of the Land Use Advisor Planning Commission for four years, a city councilman for six years and the director of the county extension of Michigan State University from 2004 to 2008. Since 2008, he has been active as the director of Board of Zoning Appeals for the city of Detroit. In 2008, Mr. Ribbron obtained a master’s degree in community development from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Mr. Ribbron’s honors include a listing in the Top 50 Trendsetter Leaders from iDetroit in 2020 and the Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Engineering Society of Detroit in 2013. He additionally accepted the Community Champion Award from Black Family Detroit Inc. in 2018 and a President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in St. Clair County from Michigan State University in 2004.

Mr. Ribbron attributes his success to people who have extended him opportunities and to his mentors. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, his division was notably one of the few divisions in the city of Detroit that did not stop working because they utilized Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Smartsheet. In the near future, Mr. Ribbron is hoping that his office’s information can be made fully accessible online.

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