Karen Slaughter-DuPerry, is an assistant director for General Motor’s Global Business Services - Real Estate Group – serving as an executive on loan to the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC). She will work in the areas of project management and community outreach while at the DRFC. She previously coordinated the efforts of the formation of the DRFC from 2002-2005.
DuPerry joined GM in 1983 as an architectural designer in the Design Department for Argonaut AEC. During her 11-year assignment, she developed corporate space standards, redeveloped the Truck Product Center in Pontiac, coordinated a master plan for the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI and authored the furniture reuse program for the corporation. Upon returning from a two-year overseas sabbatical, she joined the GM Worldwide Real Estate (WRE) in 1997. Within WRE she reported to the Economic Development Department, which is responsible for corporate re-developments and economic re-investments in surplus properties. She redeveloped an environmentally challenged 84 acre site in New Jersey into a nine hole golf course with a driving range and miniature golf. Negotiated multi-million dollar dispositions for surplus properties and developed re-use strategies. She also led the Strategic Planning group that determined facility utilization, consolidation and compression investigations.
She is a Detroit native and a graduate of the Detroit Public School system (Cass Tech High School-Architecture Department, 1977), University of Michigan (BS in Architecture, 1981) and the University of Michigan (Master of Architecture, 1983). She is also the proud mother of two sons, Imani and Kahlil.