Chief Executive Officer & President
The trustees seek a CEO who is inspired by the organization’s legacy and values, and who shares the Foundation’s commitment to place-based, family-directed philanthropy that contributes to transformational change and demonstrable impact. The CEO will work closely with an engaged board and a committed staff to ensure the Foundation’s approach remains grounded in the lived experiences of its community partners, that grantee organizations are supported via robust grantmaking and strategic collaboration, that its internal culture is just and inclusive, and the Foundation remains at the vanguard of environmental philanthropy and socially conscious investment.
The CEO leads a staff of five highly dedicated and talented professionals, an annual grantmaking budget of $19 million and an annual operating budget of $1.8 million. With assets of approximately $380 million, the Foundation is governed by a ten-member board of trustees currently comprising eight children and grandchildren of Peter Melvin Wege. The Foundation complements its traditional grantmaking with strategic social impact investing, program-related investments, and convening and capacity-building efforts across West Michigan.