Dekonti Mends-Cole serves as the Director of Policy for the Center for Community Progress and leads the Center's federal and national policy work.
Prior to joining Center for Community Progress in September 2015, Dekonti worked in Detroit as the Deputy Director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority, the largest land bank in the country. In addition, she served as a fellow with the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative.
Dekonti brings international experience and best practice having previously worked on local economic development projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa including infrastructure investment strategies in Iraq and Zambia for the United Nations and community development projects tied to the 2012 London Olympics.
She holds an MSc from London School of Economics in Urban Regeneration and Affordable Housing, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law Center, and a BA from University of Miami in International Studies and Economics.