Julie Powers: Executive Director of Greater Lansing Housing Coalition Julie Powers is on a mission to make Lansing a better place — one living community at a time. As the Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, a community housing development organization, she works to create affordable housing for families in the Lansing area. Powers advocates for housing planning in local municipalities; she works with communities to help them reflect their values and creates ordinances to make sure that people are comfortable and communities have a say in what is built around them through zoning. Powers’s hobbies include cooking, reading mystery novels and doing needlework. She makes sure to cook at least a few nights a week and reads food blogs to get inspired to cook different dishes. When she’s not cooking or working to solve Lansing’s housing problems, Powers spends time with the international exchange student she is currently hosting. Originally, they planned on a short, three-week stay while another host family was found, but Powers decided to extend to the full program instead. Since he arrived, Powers has tried to make sure that he has the opportunity to experience as much of Michigan as possible. They spent time at Lake Michigan and went to water parks, while also trying to work in some local experiences like farmers markets and trips to the MSU Dairy Store. Powers is dedicated to the Lansing area and does everything she can to show others how great this area is.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.