Our Staff

Sarida Scott | Executive Director | Saridascott@cdad-online.org

Sarida Scott has served as the Executive Director for CDAD since September 2012. Prior to coming to CDAD, she worked at Michigan Community Resources, holding positions as Legal Director and Chief Program Officer. She has worked in the community development industry and local government, combined, for more than fifteen years. Sarida received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Sarida’s work experience has been concentrated in the areas of nonprofit legal compliance, education and community engagement. Additionally, she has served on a number of boards and is currently serving as a board member for the Mercy Education Project, the Michigan League for Public Policy and Heritage Works. Sarida is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program. She lives in Detroit with her husband and daughter.

Madhavi Reddy | Strategic Framework Manager | Madhavireddy@cdad-online.org

Madhavi works on CDAD’s place-based initiatives supporting neighborhoods to develop a shared vision for their future. She has over ten years of community building experience including in resident-led community change, non-traditional community engagement strategies and popular education, working with immigrant communities in one of the world’s most diverse neighborhoods and developing workers’ cooperatives and social purpose enterprises. When she is not working, Madhavi enjoys print making, coloring outside the lines, and learning from passionate change makers. She lives in a quiet Northwest Detroit neighborhood where she can be found spending time with her family, walking her dog, and coming up with lofty ideas with her inspiring neighbors.

Aaron Goodman | Community Engagement Manager | Aarongoodman@cdad-online.org

As CDAD’s Community Engagement Manager, Aaron works to strengthen the network of Detroit’s place-based community organization, connecting them to information and resources about planning, development, and policy matters impacting the vitality of Detroit’s neighborhoods. Prior to joining CDAD, Aaron worked with numerous community development and environmental non-profits in Detroit, and earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan specializing in participatory community engagement and land-use planning. He served 3 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African nations of Mauritania and Senegal and is currently a member of the third cohort of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows. For over 15 years, Aaron has dedicated his professional, volunteer, and academic efforts to advancing social, economic, and environmental justice issues in Southeast Michigan. He is proud to call Detroit home and excited about the potential to build a more vibrant, equitable and connected city and region.

Kyra Thomas | Office Manager | Kyrathomas@cdad-online.org

Kyra is a native Detroiter who is committed to cultivating, sharing, motivating and challenging the people of this great city to “think outside the box.” She has been in administration for over 10 years working with non-profit and faith-based organizations, creating better solutions to be organized, be informed and be involved. At CDAD, Kyra enjoys maintaining the administrative side of the organization and collaborating with her team members on their work, as well as assisting the members of CDAD whom the organization advocates on behalf-of. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Theologian studies. Her greatest and most prized accomplishment is her little son Maximus-Langston, who brings complete and utter joy to anyone he meets.

Troy Anderson | Communications Associate | Troyanderson@cdad-online.org

Troy has been documenting Detroit’s community development happenings through photography and video production since 2014. With a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and a passion for storytelling, Troy’s work has been featured in film festivals, local and statewide publications, and commercial advertising.

Staci Young | Community Engagement Associate | staceyyoung@cdad-online.org

I enjoy working with the public as well as helping individuals and organizations bridge gaps and overcome barriers. This work is rewarding, not only for myself but the relationships I’ve built in different communities. I’ve had the opportunity to shadow some amazing people that have extensive experience in advocacy and parent leadership as well as community empowerment and I truly enjoy it. I have also worked with organizations in the city that focus on education and literacy to help engage members of the community and let them know the importance of accessing the tools needed to succeed. I’ve also helped build social connections with other parents by increasing my knowledge of child development and helped to build a public support group where families come together monthly to discuss important issues.

Recently joining Community Development Advocates of Detroit as a Americorps/Public Ally member I will work to increase memberships within the organization as well as engage the current members. I’m excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with the community members.

Akua Hill | Community Engagement Associate | AkuaHill@cdad-online.org 

Akua’s work at CDAD focuses on community planning and engagement as well as several place-based initiatives throughout the city. Prior to joining CDAD, Akua was responsible for leading numerous educational advocacy initiatives, through which she engaged, trained and organized students and families to advocate for themselves. Akua brings with her a wide range of experience including community organizing, youth development, and program evaluation. A native of Harlem, New York, Akua is proud to now call Detroit home. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Development & Action from Vanderbilt University. When she is not working, Akua enjoys teaching yoga, traveling, and creating or enjoying art.


Yolanda Jackson | Community Planning Associate | YolandaJackson@cdad-online.org 

Yolanda is a LISC AmeriCorps Member serving as a Community Planning Associate at CDAD. Yolanda is a native Detroiter, and received a B.S. in Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana. While at Xavier, she was heavily involved in the on-campus community service organizations, simultaneously serving on the Executive Board of the NAACP and Enactus, an organization committed to using entrepreneurial action to create sustainable communities. Influenced by her community work, Yolanda then attended The University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received a Master of Urban Planning and Policy with a concentration in Community Development. Prior to CDAD, Yolanda was an intern at Elevate Energy in Chicago, IL where she, among other things, provided geospatial analysis to influence energy efficiency policy in Illinois. Yolanda aims to catalyze her skillset to help catalyze equitable and sustainable outcomes in the city she loves to call home.

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