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Business+Impact Announces Its 20-21 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Again in the 2020-21 academic year, in the face of a coronavirus pandemic, Business+Impact is running Board Fellows program, now in its seventeenth year.  While the meetings may be virtual, the impacts will be real for these master’s students and our partner nonprofits.  Students will attend monthly board meetings as non-voting members and complete a major strategic project by the end of the academic year.  Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.

  • Alexia Sabogal, MBA
  • Moji JImoh, MBA

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

The mission of the Ann Arbor CIL is to provide hope, offer support, and transform lives with dedication to the success of children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community.

  • Jen Garb, MBA

Ann Arbor Track Club

  • The AATC will be a thriving running club that carefully combines its member activities and services to welcome all types of runners, enhancing the participation of beginners, recreational, competitive, and elite runners.
  • Eamon Culinanane, MBA

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washtenaw County

The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationship
that ignite the power and promise of youth.

  • Danielle Miller, MBA

Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable. We do this by providing proven programming and support year round out of Brilliant Detroit homes in high-need neighborhoods.

  • Rachel Schafer, MPP
  • Daniella Gennaro, MBA

Community Action Network

Community Action Network (CAN) envisions the closing of socio-economic gaps by providing educational and enrichment programs for children and teens, supportive services for families who are under-resourced, and challenging systems rooted in racism and inequality.

  • Karli Boulware, MPA
  • Dave Kobel, MPH, Education

Center for Success Network

Based in Detroit, Center for Success unites literacy and community to empower students in the journey of education.

  • Isabel Randolph, MBA

Child Care Network

Established in 1971, Child Care Network (CCN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the success of children, families and our community through quality child care education, advocacy and family support.

  • Christine Smith, MBA

Detroit Horse Power

We teach urban youth to ride and care for horses as a way to develop critical skills that will set them up for future success. Our planned urban equestrian center will be built on repurposed vacant land in Detroit and offer year-round youth programming while supporting a stronger community.

  • Gabriel VanLoozen, MBA, JD

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center (DDNRC) advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.

  • Nicole Fernandez, MBA
  • Harshita Pilla, MBA, MURP

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit.

  • Ben Levine, MBA, MPP

Local Circles

The mission of Local Circles is to facilitate youth-led research in which young people pose their own questions and conduct research to inquire upon social issues that are meaningful to them.

  • Josie Whelen, Environment, Education

NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits

NEW seeks to improve the impact and performance of nonprofits by creating high-quality strategic solutions.

  • Nicole Allen, MBA
  • Naomi Barker, MBA, Environment

Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund

Since 1914 the mission of the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund is “No kiddie without a Christmas.”

  • Eshwar Sundararaju, MBA

Salvation Army of Metro Detroit

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without  discrimination.

  • Conner Donnelly, MBA, Environment

Ten Thousand Villages of Huron Valley 

The Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to US markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

  • Annie Zaro, MBA, Environment

United Cerebral Palsy of Metro  Detroit

The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP/Detroit) is to advance the independence of all people with disabilities while supporting their right to self-determination and inclusion through programs that focus on person centered advocacy, employment and assistive technology.

  • Hailey Jures, MPA

Senior Fellow

  • J’Taime Lyons, MBA/MPP
  • Emily Edkins, MBA