The FFE bylaws establish a 15-member Board of Directors. Ten members are stakeholder directors, each representing a community interest like healthcare, education, or business. Five are City Directors, representing the City of Kalamazoo generally. These members include the Mayor, City Manager, two City Commissioners, and one At-Large representative from the city. Stakeholder and At-Large terms rotate every three years while City Directors serve for the duration of their employment or elected service. A significant initiative is undertaken to cultivate a Board that is largely representative of the community and that will add unique insights about every facet of Kalamazoo.
The FFE’s bylaws state that one-third of board positions expire each year, meaning there are opportunities annually for anyone in the community to participate. Board members are responsible for attending at least three meetings per year and contributing to the responsible and transparent operation of the foundation. There are no requirements on previous board membership or restrictions on who can apply, (though an overall percentage of city residents is required). Positions expire on June 30 each year and vacancies are announced along with application instructions in December.
Board of Directors
President, Neighborhood Focus: Edison
James K. Ritsema
Vice President, City Manager
Treasurer, Arts Organization
Secretary, Neighborhood Focus: Oakland-Winchell
Dr. Andrea Bostrom
At-large City Director
Neighborhood Focus: Northside
Von Washington, Jr.
Bobby J. Hopewell
Founding Director Emeritus
Steve Brown, Executive Director
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