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First Black woman to lead state’s nonprofit association steps down

First Black woman to lead state’s nonprofit association steps down

From BridgeDetroit.com
by Olivia Lewis

Not all heroes wear capes, but if Donna Murray-Brown wore one, it would match the style and grace of a woman constantly pushing to support Detroit and Michigan nonprofits.

After 12 years at the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the first Black woman to lead the statewide organization will leave her post at the end of this month. A longtime Detroiter, Brown spent the last decade supporting capacity-building initiatives, advocating on behalf of the nonprofit sector, and creating space for Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Brown announced her resignation earlier this year.

Brown said she hopes to see the same commitment to support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that “change the narrative” for Detroit and increase the state’s greater good long after she’s gone. MNA has announced that Kelley Kuhn, vice president at MNA, will step in as the new president and CEO in January. Kuhn has been with MNA since 2008.

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