Contact: Dana Linnane
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announces the appointment of Khalilah Burt Gaston as a program officer. Gaston will work on the foundation’s Michigan portfolio statewide, with particular emphasis in Detroit.
Gaston joined the Kellogg Foundation on Feb. 2, 2015 after serving as executive director for the Vanguard Community Development Corporation in Detroit. There she led efforts to redefine the organization’s mission, streamline programmatic priorities and strengthen the organization’s financial sustainability.
Michigan has been a priority place for WKKF for more than 80 years, with over $300 million committed grants currently working to improve the lives of children and families in our home state, and ensuring their health, happiness and well-being. While urban centers of Battle Creek, Detroit and Grand Rapids are of unique significance, WKKF is also committed to supporting the innovative work of organizations in communities throughout Michigan.
“Khalilah brings a wealth of philanthropic, community and economic development experience. Her leadership and expertise will increase our effectiveness in working with Michigan communities to improve the lives of children. She joins a strong team of experienced grantmakers and I am optimistic about advancing our work with grantees, partners and community leaders across the state,” said Ali Webb, director of Michigan programs.
Gaston received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.