8MBA Staff

Cindy Thomas
Executive Director

Cindy brings over 20 years of experience in economic development, affordable housing, and nonprofit management to 8MBA.  Her work includes project planning and underwriting neighborhood revitalization initiatives, and an innovative program to address the city’s homeless population that won national recognition.  She has sat on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and helped guide their strategic planning and positioned them for competitive financing.  Cindy holds a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree from Wayne State University.  

Anna Schroen
Director of Programs

Anna Schroen comes to 8MBA with a strong background in community relations, event management and media. 

Prior to completing a Challenge Detroit Fellowship at the Detroit Lions, Anna worked for Public Sector Consultants, NPR and Michigan State University. Anna is a passionate advocate for neighborhood and local business investment. Her focus at 8MBA is community engagement, event planning and program management.    


Eight Mile Boulevard Association
20500 Conant
Detroit, MI 48234
Mission Statement:
The Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) revitalizes and promotes the Eight Mile transportation, business and residential corridor (between I-94 and I-275) by linking the efforts of the public and private sectors.
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