Chair, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Cullen is a 29-year veteran of General Motors Co. (GM), where he was general manager of economic development and enterprise services. He was also chief architect of GM’s $500 million acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center as the automaker’s global headquarters. He also serves as volunteer president and CEO of the M-1 RAIL Streetcar initiative, the QLINE.
In addition, Cullen is the chairman of Invest Detroit; vice chairman of the Downtown Detroit Partnership; and serves on the Detroit Zoological Society executive committee. He is also a board member of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Hudson-Webber Foundation, and Penske Corporation, and a trustee of the College of Creative Studies and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
For more than 10 years, Cullen served as the governor-appointed chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation executive committee. Cullen earned a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.