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Helen Johnson

Vice President of Strategic Investments, Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund

Helen Davis Johnson is Vice President of Strategic Investments for the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund, the philanthropic entity that directs community investments in education and employment, entrepreneurship, housing stability, public spaces, community sponsorships and team member engagement, in a way that fosters transformational impact in the communities where Quicken Loans and the Family of Companies operate. This work addresses community challenges, unlocks opportunities and positively impacts the company brand.

Prior to joining the Quicken Loans Family of Companies in August 2016, Johnson served as a Program Officer on the Arts & Culture team at The Kresge Foundation. Helen brings more than 20 years of solutions-oriented experience in development; implementation and evaluation of grant portfolios, cross-sector national initiatives and partner development.

Before joining The Kresge Foundation in 2012, Helen co-founded CreateHere, a social innovation incubator in Chattanooga, TN. CreateHere nurtured more than 20 initiatives, cultivated diverse entrepreneurship opportunities, built talent retention and grants programming and launched a county-wide, community-driven visioning process.

Helen is an experienced leader with deep expertise in strategy development, place-based initiatives and organizational capacity building. Her work embraces calculated risk and supports thoughtful, deliberate investments that have the potential to improve quality of life issues in urban areas, using tools uniquely appropriate to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

She is active in environmental issues, community development and the arts. Helen has also spoken at numerous conferences including SXSW Eco, the Building Michigan Conference, Art Chicago, Michigan Municipal League, AIGA National and the SustainableCities PLUS Network.