DeAndre Windom joined the Highland Park City Council on February 5, 2009. He is an active council member, working on many community projects, communicating the concerns of Highland Park citizens to appropriate city staff so those concerns can be addressed, and voting for projects and policies that have brought over $17 million new dollars to the city to build a better Highland Park. These projects include the demolition of abandoned buildings, installation of LED lighting, and funds to build a new fire station, park, and renovate foreclosed houses.
Councilman Windom, a life-long Highland Park resident, is a visionary entrepreneur and community developer who is passionate about getting people involved in building Highland Parkâ€™s future.
Councilman Windom graduated from Highland Park High School and attended Northwood University. After completing business studies at Northwood, he enlisted in the United States Navy, traveled the world, and fought for his country in the Persian Gulf War. He received an honorable discharge after six years of service, returned to Highland Park, and began his civilian career at the United States Post Office, while developing HP Game, his retail clothing business.
Councilman Windom is the CEO of HP Game, Inc., which promotes Highland Park with his signature clothing line. His store is the anchor at the Park Place, a business incubator developed and managed by Councilman Windom. The Park Place offers a variety of services to the community, such as specialty boutique shops, hair stylists, barbers, manicurists, the Polar Bear radio station, and a recording studio.
Councilman Windom has a heart for helping young people. He founded B.A.S.S., Inc when he was stationed in California in the Navy, and performed positive rap music to counter the affects of negative rap. He brought the idea of B.A.S.S. Inc. (Building Assets to Strengthen Society) to Highland Park and expanded his work with young people by getting them involved in renovating abandoned houses. He is also founder and CEO of My Brotherâ€™s Keeper, Inc., a nonprofit organization that mentors teen males and sponsors a variety of community events to serve Highland Park youth.
His work with B.A.S.S., Inc. led to him joining with other Highland Park faith leaders and the formation of the Highland Park Homeownership Collaborative, Inc., a housing development corporation. HPHC is conducting a home repair program for homeowners. Councilman Windom is also a member of the 48203/HP Collaborative, the Highland Park Business Association, and the Highland Park NAACP. He is a 2011 recipient of the Men of Excellence Award presented by the Michigan Chronicle to men who have exhibited outstanding vision, leadership, and exceptional achievement in business and community service.
Councilman Windom is a family man with one daughter who attends Oakland University. He is a man of great faith and a member of Second Ebenezer Church. He is optimistic about the future of Highland Park and is a great example ofâ€”in the words of President Obamaâ€”being the change we want to see.