Our Team

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James Feagin, Founder & CEO

James Feagin is an urban practitioner with a passion for inclusive economic development. James has a strong commitment to engaging and supporting community stakeholders, creating sustainable equity and strengthening Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem. His firm has been a key contributor to many civic initiatives, including NEIdeas, Motor City Match, Detroit Revitalization Fellows and Knight Cities Challenge. These efforts have helped redefine Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, shift the flow of capital, and diversify the region’s talent pool.

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Zená Feagin, Chief Operating Officer

Zená Feagin is the central nervous system of the firm with a natural gift to attention to detail and project management. Prior to joining projects+PEOPLE, she was a key figure in the City of Detroit's turnaround, serving as a Special Projects Manager for the Mayor's Office. While working to improve processes across city departments, she specifically focused a lot of her time overseeing the reorganization of the Department of Transportation, improving internal operations utilizing lean methodology. She's experienced in budget planning, events, logistical support, content design, and process improvement.


Montinique Lynch, Community Engagement Coordinator

Montinique Lynch is a Detroit native passionate about the intersection of youth advocacy and community development. She earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. As a Challenge Detroit fellow, Montinique served as a Specials Projects Coordinator for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, and also worked on community engagement projects for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Homecoming, Detroit Land Bank Authority, Detroit Historical Society and City Year. In her prior work, she also served as Program Manager at Youth Connection, managing a health and nutrition program for several local schools.


Anthony Askew, Senior Project Manager

Anthony Askew is a proven strategist and project manager, focused on community-centered economic development. As Motor City Match Program Manager, Anthony oversaw funding for over 140 Detroit-based businesses. Under his leadership, the program leveraged $6 Million in grants to stimulate nearly $40 Million in private investment, activating over 900,000 sq. ft. of vacant commercial space in Detroit’s neighborhoods. Anthony has advised several cities on inclusive economic development, and also manages an active real estate portfolio. 

A native Detroiter and graduate of Martin Luther King High School, prior  career includes stints in Washington DC, New York, and Atlanta. Anthony studied at the London School of Economics, earned a BA in Accounting at Morehouse College, and received his JD from NYU School of Law.


Andy Kopietz, Creative Director / Principal, Good Done Daily

Through an alliance with P&P, Andrew guides a team of graphic designers and strategists on projects that advance the design of accessible communications, equitable practices and policies, civic services, innovative tools, and public spaces. Based in Hamtramck, his practice works across Detroit and Southeast Michigan with industries as mixed as community development, architectural planning, and regional placemaking. His clients have included: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, New Economy Initiative, and the City of Detroit’s Office of Planning and Development.