Board of Directors
The FFE bylaws establish a 15-member Board of Directors. Ten members are stakeholder directors, each representing a community interest such as healthcare, education, or business. Five are City Directors, representing the City of Kalamazoo generally. These members include the Mayor, City Manager, two City Commissioners, and one At-Large representative from the city. Stakeholder and At-Large terms rotate every three years while City Directors serve for the duration of their employment or elected service. A significant initiative is undertaken to cultivate a Board that is largely representative of the community and that will add unique insights about every facet of Kalamazoo.
The FFE’s bylaws state that one-third of board positions expire each year, meaning there are opportunities annually for everyone in the community to participate. Board members are responsible for attending at least three meetings per year and contributing to the responsible and transparent operation of the foundation. There are no requirements on previous board membership or restrictions on who can apply, (though an overall percentage of city residents is required). Positions expire on June 30 each year and vacancies are announced along with application instructions in December.
|James K. Ritsema, Acting President
|Alisa Carrel, Treasurer
||Jack C. Urban
|Barbara Hamilton-Miller, Secretary
||Von Washington, Jr.
||Bobby J. Hopewell, Emeritus
Foundation for Excellence Staff
The City employs five full time positions to manage the governance of the foundation and administer its programs in collaboration with department staff and community partners. These positions includes Deputy City Manager Laura Lam, Foundation for Excellence Manager Steve Brown, Youth Development Coordinator Chad Wendt, Neighborhood Activator Dan Baisden, Shared Prosperity Coordinator Kevin Ford, and Grants Specialist Kerry Lyn Williams.