Upon finishing her Master’s in Architecture at the University of Michigan, Nicole Steele came back home to Dayton. This education foundation was key in teaching her to think outside the box. These skills are used in her role as a creative problem solver. After a brief stint designing branch banks nationally, Steele found herself needing to be more involved in her beloved hometown.
For the past 15 years, Steele has been using her passion and skills coordinating Community Development projects and sorting out the details about anything from mitigating environmental issues, navigating complex real estate acquisition issues to GIS mapping and analysis in addition to working with architects and contractors. A former employer once asking her why she would “give up” designing buildings. She replied, “I get to design neighborhoods. That's a much more impactful way to make Dayton a better place to live, work and play."