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The Foundation names Yazeed Moore Director of Michigan Programs

BATTLE CREEK, MI – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Yazeed Moore as the director of Michigan Programs, effective March 1, 2024.  

In this role, Moore provides leadership and oversight of the foundation’s longstanding investments in the Michigan communities of Battle Creek, Detroit and Grand Rapids, as well as at the statewide level, to further create conditions that ensure children and families have opportunities to thrive in equitable communities. Moore leads the foundation’s statewide grantmaking priorities in collaboration and partnership with foundation staff, nonprofit organizations, communities and stakeholders throughout the region.

“From the very beginning, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has worked to ensure that every child who calls Michigan home has an equitable and promising path to success.  Our work on behalf of Michigan’s children is the heart of who we are as a philanthropic institution and, as someone who grew up on Detroit’s Eastside and built a career in Southwest Michigan, it’s a mission that is deeply personal to me,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, WKKF president and CEO.  “Yazeed’s deep connections with communities across our state and steadfast commitment to building a Michigan where every child can thrive make him an ideal leader for this essential component of our work.”

Previously, Moore led the foundation’s Grand Rapids and Detroit grantmaking teams. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation, Moore served as a program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan. There, he directed a national youth and education grant portfolio focused on enhancing program models and policies that expand educational and employment pathways for students. Moore also served as director of research/foundation relations at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and held internships with the Mott Foundation, the Indiana University Foundation and the Urban League of Philadelphia. In addition, he has also served on a number of committees, workgroups and advisory boards dedicated to youth and education issues, including Michigan’s Children, Michigan Parent’s Council, Council of Michigan Foundations P-20 Education Workgroup and Earlham College Alumni Council.

“Yazeed brings extensive leadership and experience in developing partnerships across Michigan to this role – we know this because of his previous work leading our Detroit and Grand Rapids teams,” said Carla Thompson Payton, WKKF chief strategist and impact officer. “As we continue to grow our longstanding collaboration with grantees and partner organizations in the state, his deep knowledge and community perspective will accelerate our collective efforts toward creating conditions that support thriving children, working families and equitable communities.”

Moore received his bachelor’s degree in management from Earlham College and his Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Samantha Meinke

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