director of programming

Rachel Frierson is the director of programming for the Conservancy. In this role, Rachel oversees and implements the diverse program offerings that activate the Detroit Riverfront and Dequindre Cut to create a world-class gathering space for three million visitors annually. 

Rachel holds bachelors’ degrees in history and political theory from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in public service management from DePaul University. Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2013, Rachel worked with two different Chicago-based community development organizations, the Chicago Loop Alliance and Division Street Business Development Association, and at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, New York. 

Rachel lives, works, and plays on the riverfront as a resident of Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighborhood. Rachel is an avid MSU Basketball  fan and can often be spotted forcing her English bulldog, Dingell, into Spartan jerseys on game day.