Karen Otzen works within the City of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department on the Policy and Implementation Team, supporting its efforts to develop plans and strategies for lasting housing affordability and single-family housing stabilization in Detroit. Her role is a unique partnership between the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative and the city, meant to facilitate the implementation of action-oriented research. Prior to joining Poverty Solutions, Karen worked as a marketing research analyst for a consulting firm in Cincinnati and recently completed her master’s degree in urban and regional planning at U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Miami University, with a minor in international business.
City of Detroit Mayor’s Office Affordable Housing Policy Fellow