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Donna Murray-Brown Named to Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees

Lansing, Mich., Dec. 19, 2019 — Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association, was named to the Northern Michigan University (NMU) Board of Trustees.

“We are delighted to welcome Donna Murray-Brown to the NMU Board of Trustees,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “Having someone with her level of expertise working in the nonprofit world and with grant development will be very beneficial. As a Detroit resident, the perspective she brings to the board also creates opportunities for Northern to have broader engagement in southeast Michigan.”

Murray-Brown is appointed for a term commencing December 18, 2019 and expiring December 31, 2026. She succeeds Bridget N. Summers who has resigned. This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

“I am honored to serve on the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees and am eager to help advance the strategy and innovation of a university shaping students to be the future leaders of Michigan,” said Murray-Brown.

Prior to being named President and CEO in 2013, Ms. Murray-Brown served as Director of the Metro Detroit Partnership Office and Senior Director of Capacity-building for MNA. In this dual role, she led a successful strategic alliance program for arts and culture organizations in metro Detroit; led the merger negotiations of four organizations to create the Belle Isle Park Conservancy; and attracted national program partnerships and investment to the region including New York-based National Urban Fellows and Wisconsin-based Public Allies.

Before joining MNA, Murray-Brown was Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act Director for Charter One Bank where she developed and executed strategy and leadership for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance. She also strengthened the company's business and corporate citizenship with key partnerships of more than 100 civic and community-based organizations.

In addition to her board service as Board Chair for the National Council of Nonprofits, Murray-Brown serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Detroit Public Television, is on the Board of Directors for Michigan Associations of United Ways, is a former state commissioner for the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. She was named one of Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for 2018 and 2019, one of Crain's Detroit Business 2018 Notable Women in Nonprofits as well one of the 2019 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence.

About Michigan Nonprofit Association
Incorporated in 1990, MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through advocacy, training, and resources. Visit us at mnaonline.org.

About Northern Michigan University
Northern Michigan University, located in historic Marquette, Michigan, is a dynamic, public university known for its undergraduate research opportunities, award-winning leadership programs, and cutting-edge technology initiatives. NMU has about 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 177academic programs ranging from one-year certificates to the doctorate degree. Learn more at nmu.edu.