Robert Dewaelsche is president of Sustainability Knocks, LLC, a consulting and communications firm he established to empower community based organizations and faith groups to access and optimize the resources they need to sustain and grow their organizational capacity, achieve their mission priorities and better serve their consumers, members and the community at large.
Rob is a dedicated community development professional with more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit and corporate institutions serving the public in areas ranging from affordable housing and community development to financial services, employment and training and health care. His passion is working to revitalize economically distressed urban neighborhoods in Detroit. Prior to his consulting work, Rob served as the deputy director at Detroit LISC (the Local Initiatives Support Corporation) where he was responsible for managing the field staff, program and grant management and assisting with fund development efforts and long-range strategic planning for the organization.
Previously, Rob served as the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Detroit for six years where he was responsible for the overall management of programs and administrative functions of the organization. During his tenure at Habitat Detroit the organization’s total production of affordable homes was more than 130 Habitat homes and another 40 units built with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) representing a direct investment of more than $18M in four economically distressed Detroit neighborhoods.
Rob also worked at Habitat for Humanity International for five years where he facilitated a national community planning and development pilot program in four cities and served as a resource development officer focusing on churches, faith groups and national corporations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.