Housing Next Kent Team
Brooke Oosterman joined Housing Next as Director of Policy and Communications to support the expansion into Kent County. Brooke's extensive experience in economic development, policy advocacy and business support have centered around community development. Since joining the organization, she has led on cross sector partnerships to move housing supply solutions forward. This work has included policy advocacy, community will building, new tool creation and communications strategy. Brooke received her degree from Michigan State University with a B.A in Public Policy.
Ryan has an extensive background in economic development, community design and public finance. Ryan most recently served as the first Executive Director for Housing Next leading efforts in Ottawa County, The City of Grand Rapids and the expansion into Kent County. He previously worked for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is a certified planner and economic development finance professional. He has more than 15 years of experience supporting local governments with technical assistance and best practice implementation through planning, zoning, process improvement and the use of financial tools to create economically vibrant communities. Ryan has a master’s degree in design thinking from Kendall College of Art and Design and a bachelor’s degree in community development from Grand Valley State University.