Brian Robb, a product design engineer, has worked at Ford Motor Company for nineteen years. While at Ford, Brian has worked on such award-winning vehicles as the Ford Mustang and Ford Focus. He has been recognized at the organizational level for his innovative contributions in design and has been awarded a U.S. patent. Because of his experience with multi-million dollar budgets and practical, cost-effective problem solving, Brian has the skills necessary help Ypsilanti face its fiscal challenges.
As a two-term Ypsilanti City Council Member, Brian is known for his commitment to fiscal responsibility, ordinance enforcement, public safety, and public transportation.
Brian has organized and volunteered for numerous local endeavors, including the restoration of Luna Lake, the refurbishment of the Prospect Park playground and basketball courts, the overhaul of the Charles Street Tot Lot, the restoration of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra holiday concert, the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti Crossroads and winter holiday events, Ypsilanti PRIDE Day projects, and WEMU pledge drives.
He has served as president of the Historic East Side Neighborhood Association, one of the sponsors of the Luna Lake restoration, and as coordinator of the East Side PRIDE Day projects.
In 2008, Brian founded Wireless Ypsi, which has become the second largest free Wi-Fi network in the country with over 500,000 unique users. The Michigan Business Review awarded the initiative an Innovation Michigan award in 2009.
Brian is also the founder of AM1700, a Part-15 radio station located in Downtown Ypsilanti. The station promotes local music with a daily show and periodic, live on-air performances by both local and national musicians.
Brian and his partner, Kate de Fuccio, moved to Ypsilanti in 1995. Kate is a graphic designer at the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency, where she is a member of AFSCME Local 1882, Wayne RESA Chapter. After renting in the Historic South Side of Ypsilanti for five years, the couple purchased a Princess Anne Victorian house on East Cross Street. Since then, Brian and Kate have undertaken a number of home restoration and gardening projects, and in 2013 the house was awarded a historic home marker by the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation.