Lee Nelson Weber

Lee Nelson Weber

Program Director, Dyer-Ives Foundation



Experienced in the field of small to mid-size non-profit organizations, including planning, evaluation, resource development and project advisory relationships at practical levels. Extensive housing and civil rights background with US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Department of Justice, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and various local/regional jurisdictions in program research, development, implementation and evaluation at neighborhood and small community levels.


Current – Program Director; Dyer-Ives Foundation

The foundation and its Neighborhood Initiative seek to build community-based and organizational capacity to address issues related to systemic poverty within Grand Rapids’ central city.

1984-1999: Executive Director; Fair Housing Center of Greater Grand Rapids

FHC operates enforcement and education programs designed to ensure equal access to housing opportunity.  As Executive Director, Weber was involved at a national level in establishing the National Fair Housing Alliance, a member and advocacy organization now serving more than 100 private fair housing centers across the country.



American Civil Liberties Union (West Michigan Branch):  Board of Directors, Lawyers Committee; past president

LISC – Local Initiatives Support Corp; Advisory Committee

Progressive Women’s Alliance – past Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Candidate Committee

Fair Housing Award (1999); Fair Housing Advocate Award (2007 – inaugural award)

Liberty Bell Award (Grand Rapids Bar Association 1997)

YWCA Tribute Award (1998)

West Michigan Strategic Alliance – Advisory Committee

Davenport University Legal Studies Advisory Committee

GVSU Community Research Institute Advisory Committee

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership: In conjunction with Grand Valley State University’s Community Research Institute of the Dorothy Johnson Center for Philanthropy, participant in on-going national community data initiative of the Urban Institute since 2005.


Technical Skills: Community engagement, Qualitative research methods