Member Bio

Brian B. Watkins

Brian B. Watkins

Change Strategist

Take a walk with Brian in Midtown or Downtown, and he’ll tell you about the tax abatements for buildings on every block. He would know. Because he worked as a one-man catalyst for every tax abatement program for the City of Detroit from 2006 to 2013. Those incentive packages leveraged approximately $400 million in business capital investment and created roughly 5,000 jobs through 2013. Born and raised in Detroit, Brian has worked in governmental development for 15 years, including posts as Business Development Manager at Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and as Deputy Director, Buildings & Real Estate with the Charter County of Wayne.

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”

— Sun Tzu