Sonya S. Mays

Sonya S. Mays

President and CEO
Develop Detroit

Sonya S. Mays joined the Housing Partnership Network in April 2015 as President and CEO of Develop Detroit - a newly formed real estate and housing development company focused on the revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods. She previously served as Senior Advisor to the Emergency Manager of Detroit, Michigan. In her role as Senior Advisor, Ms. Mays played a key role in guiding the city through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. She was responsible for a diverse range of legal, financial, operational and economic development activities across Detroit's restructuring efforts.

Prior to joining the Emergency Manager's team, Ms. Mays was a Vice President in the Global Industrials Group within Deutsche Bank's Corporate & Investment Bank Division in New York City. Ms. Mays provided capital markets expertise and M&A advisory services to large US and global automotive and construction products companies. Her transaction experience includes United Technologies' 2010 $1.8 billion acquisition of GE Security and Martin Marietta's unsolicited $4.9 billion takeover bid for Vulcan Materials. Before attending graduate school and becoming an investment banker, Ms. Mays spent several years as a non-profit management professional in Chapel Hill, NC. She began her professional career as a middle-school mathematics teacher for the Board of Education in Detroit.

Ms. Mays received all of her degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology, a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Business Administration with emphasis on finance and corporate strategy. She is admitted to practice law in New York.