Council of Michigan Foundations

President and CEO


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Website: Council of Michigan Foundations 


The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), Michigan’s leading resource for philanthropy in the state, seeks nominations and applications for the position of President and CEO. This exceptional opportunity to lead the region’s largest philanthropic association will require an inspirational leader who can drive CMF’s vision, steward and strengthen its membership, guide strategic operations, build upon its extensive educational offerings, and ensure the organization’s continued sustainability and success.

CMF brings together a diverse, talented, and well-networked community of philanthropists who, through individual and collective efforts, are leveraging their collective voice to grow the impact of Michigan philanthropy. Its membership includes independent, family, community, corporate, and private foundations, as well as public charities, corporate giving programs, and individual philanthropists. CMF serves an incredibly robust and diverse network of philanthropy leaders in Michigan, representing organizations working in both rural and urban populations, and tackling issues such as land conservation, community development, the arts, education, health, economic development, racial justice, and everything in between. As a recognized leader and convener in the philanthropic sector, CMF reflects the values and evolving needs of its members by advocating at the state and federal level for effective policy, strengthening key partnerships with state legislators, promoting best practices, and providing meaningful learning and networking opportunities to support the work of CMF’s diverse group of members.

Building on the strong leadership that CMF has enjoyed since its founding in 1975, including that of outgoing President & CEO Rob Collier, the new CEO will strategically lead the organization as it enters a new phase of work, providing ongoing leadership and value to its members as they face the challenges and opportunities in a rapidly evolving philanthropic sector. This CEO will bring a track record of success in convening and engaging a diverse group of stakeholders; a strong learning orientation; knowledge and vision for the role that philanthropy can play in effective public policy development; and the ability to identify and create opportunity for the field, with recognition and anticipation of where the field is headed. The CEO will support members as they engage a new generation of philanthropists, incorporate new technology, adapt communication approaches, and work to advance equity and impact through continued efforts internally and externally in diversity and inclusion.

The successful candidate will be well versed in all aspects relevant to the management of a high functioning and prestigious membership organization, supporting a broad portfolio of programs, preferably within philanthropy.  Specifically, s/he will be a seasoned administrator who will work closely with staff, the Board of Trustees, members and other stakeholders in the philanthropic, public, private and nonprofit sector. S/he will be a savvy manager with the ability to effectively oversee a highly committed staff located in three offices across the state. The incoming President and CEO will have the opportunity to lead a well-positioned and fiscally healthy organization to the next level, strengthening its internal capacity and external profile within the philanthropic community. 


Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format) and where you learned of the position should be submitted to:

Our Lead


Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.

As a trained psychologist, teacher, researcher, and consultant with twenty years of experience both in the U.S. and abroad, Katherine guides organizations through change with particular expertise in founder transitions, facilitation of Board and executive level decisions, and the implications for growth and strategic talent development. 

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