Raúl Echevarria joined MCR in September 2021 as Program Manager supporting the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative (KIP:D). In this capacity Raúl will provide support to individual grantees and facilitate cohorts of grantees. Raúl brings more than 20 years of experience in the community building/development field to this position, primarily from his childhood neighborhood of Humboldt Park, a historic Puerto Rican community in Chicago, Illinois, and from the the Latino/Hispanic community of Southwest Detroit. Most recently, as Director for Land Use & Economic Development at Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI), he managed a Round 5 KIP:D grant to develop a youth-led, youth-driven hub in Southwest Detroit.
Raúl is currently a student at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He is projected to graduate in summer of 2022. He approaches his work by uniting theories centered on community building/development with theologies based on the liberation of the oppressed, social justice, and decolonization. Raúl reflects and expounds on this experience in community building as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he teaches on social justice in the Master of Community Development program in the School of Architecture and Community Development.
Raúl has been married to Ana for 18 years, and they have two adult children, Jazzmin and Nicholas. The family resides in Wyandotte.