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Leadership Insights: Gregory McDuffee, Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority

Gregg McDuffee became the Executive Director of the Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority in 2005 after serving for three years as an Authority Commissioner and its Treasurer. The Authority owns and operates Detroit’s 745,000 square foot Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. Under his leadership, the Authority transformed its operating model, eliminated its reliance on public sector employees, reduced annual operating expenditures by 50% and received six consecutive EPA Energy Stars Awards.

In 2011, the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center received the BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) TOBY Award (The Outstanding Building of the Year) for Michigan and the seven state region and was finalist for the BOMA International TOBY Award. That same year Gregg was honored by BOMA as their Facility Manager of the Year.

Prior to his work with the Authority, he was a Senior Vice President of SmithGroup/JJR, an architectural firm with ten North American offices. He served as a member of their Board of Directors and as the director of their real estate consulting practice with a focus on urban redevelopment initiatives and public-private partnerships.

In his civic capacity, he has serviced on a number of boards and as President of the Detroit Board of Realtors. He currently is a Trustee of Henry Ford Hospital Health System, is Vice Chair of ULI Michigan and is a co-chair of the BOMA Metropolitan Detroit Governmental Affairs Committee.

McDuffee is a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Business Administration and is certificated in Local Government Fiscal Management by the State of Michigan.

About Alison Watch

Associate, Urban Land Institute Michigan
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