Founder & CEO 

Roots to Rise Detroit was founded by Kelsey Hubbell in 2017. Hubbell is a lifelong city resident and member of an extensive lineage of passionate Detroiters and community organizers. 

In 2011, Hubbell graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Urban Studies. After college she remains active in her community and pursues her passion for people in urban settings through volunteer work, advocacy, and her career in community engagement and event planning. 

Hubbell's experience is wide ranging, from working in music venues and with local grassroots organizers, to running large scale nonprofit events with Slow Roll Detroit and the Children's Center, as well as storytelling, social media, fundraising and community engagement. 


Hubbell currently consults with a number of nonprofits, including the Downtown Boxing Gym and CitizenDetroit. She also runs Detroit Up North, a series of annual experiences connecting Detroiters and neighbors from around the state of Michigan. In 2017 Hubbell served as a MoGo Detroit Neighborhood Ambassador, became a BUILD Institute Graduate, and a Detroit Regional Chamber Future Leader at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Hubbell was previously a 2016 Challenge Detroit Fellow and a 2014 New Voices of Civic Engagement Fellow for the Alliance for Families and Neighborhoods. 

Hubbell relies on her bicycle to get her to and from her place in the Corktown neighborhood where she lives with her partner, Stephen, and German Shepherd,  Winston! She enjoys slow mornings, bookstores, yoga, karaoke, and red wine. 

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