Nancy Kotting focuses her work as a writer and entrepreneur at the intersection of culture, politics, media and activism.
In 1984, she headed to Wall Street after graduating with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History. While there, she traded fixed income securities OTC, eventually becoming Assistant Vice President/Marketing for a small investment banking house in southern Michigan. After completing additional training with Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1987, she became a refugee of the ‘87 crash and bid the industry a final farewell. With a hunger for politics and deeper engagement in issues of social justice, she demonstrated her ability to pivot and embrace change by going to work for the alternative press, eventually becoming co-partner in the build-out of a privately held, mission-based media company with alternative newspapers in three major U.S. markets. This build out resulted in a successful sale of all three properties in 1999.
A lifelong Detroiter, Nancy sought to deepen her commitment to urban issues and completed her Master’s degree in Historic Preservation in 1994. She then went on to become instrumental in creating a more unified preservation voice amongst disparate existing preservation organizations within the city, utilizing Historic Preservation as a tool for social change in at risk environments. Her work with various public and private entities ranging from neighborhood organizations, private consultants, state administrators and the National Trust for Historic Preservation culminated with the largest preservation based symposium ever held whose goal was to bring the African American community and the traditional Historic Preservation movement together in an effort to build understanding and expand collaborative efforts.
Working in rural environments, Nancy co-founded a nonprofit entity in 2000 designed to receive the assets of a pristine 18th century farmstead upon the passing of its final heir in 2011. This entity is currently poised to become the educational hub for the emerging small farm movement in Northern Michigan. Nancy also founded her own preservation related company in 2005, a green, mission-based company whose model provided solutions for the adaptive reuse of an iconic architectural form in the American landscape: the traditional post & beam barn.
As an artist/athlete, Nancy has spent over 35 years as a practitioner of the classical art form of Dressage. Nancy has trained with many of the great Masters of the art from all over the world, travelled extensively and competed at international levels. She continues to train daily at the highest level, that of Grand Prix and has successfully brought several horses to this level over the years.
As a writer, Nancy maintains her own blog, Watapama, as a repository for her creative writing efforts. She is published in both the U.S. and the U.K. and is often a featured blogger for the Huffington Post, blogging on such diverse subjects as the Pope, Urban Agriculture, the city of Detroit and her personal experiences as a woman and a Catholic convert.