January 27th 2020 – press release // Yodit Mesfin Johnson Selected as President & Chief Executive Officer effective as of January 1st 2020

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ANN ARBOR, MI – Nonprofit Enterprise at Work is pleased to announce the selection of Yodit Mesfin Johnson as President & Chief Executive Officer beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

She assumes this role after a nation-wide search by NEW’s board of directors following the retirement of current CEO, Michael Tyson, who announced his retirement last fall.

Mesfin Johnson joined NEW in 2008 as a governance consultant and for the last three years served as the organization’s chief operating officer and vice president of strategy. In that capacity she was instrumental in bringing nearly 5M dollars in contributed and earned revenue to the organization and led the launch of a first-of-its-kind fellowship for leaders of color and white allies working towards social change in Washtenaw County. She also oversaw the development of the organization’s current strategic plan, directed overall operations and management of NEW’s 11,000 sq. ft. multi-tenant facility located in Ann Arbor, and led all functional areas of management involving human resources, business development, marketing, sales, fund development, and finance.

As CEO she will lead and execute the goals of the organization in pursuit of its vision of “empowered leaders, flourishing nonprofits and vibrant communities”, in partnership with staff, clients, donors, the board of directors and an array of community partners throughout southeast Michigan. This includes cultivating funding opportunities and relationships that grow the organization’s core service areas which include nonprofit consulting and leadership development, back-office IT support & financial services, and quality meeting and office space.

“I came to NEW keenly aware of its reputation for service excellence, a strong business model and an amazingly talented team. It is my honor to continue to work alongside our team, clients and partners, advancing our mission and goals, in the service of a more just, equitable and thriving community.”

A native of Detroit who has lived in Washtenaw County for nearly 20 years, Mesfin Johnson also serves as the chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County board of directors, and is a recent 2019 alumni of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the flagship program of The German Marshall Fund. She has received numerous awards including, 2019 Professional of the Year – Corp! Magazine, 2018 Live United Award for Advancing Equity, 2016 Community Champion of the Year, Black United Fund, 2014 American Business Women’s Association, Rising Star Awardee and was a Crain’s Detroit 40 under 40 nominee. She is highly regarded as an expert facilitator and consultant in racial equity and anti-racism work.

“The NEW Board of Directors looks forward to Yodit moving into the CEO role and further developing NEW’s role in the support of local non-profits,” said Linda Blakey, NEW board chair.

NEW offers expert consultation, education, support, and resources to ensure every phase of an organization’s operation is effectively geared toward achieving its mission. Nonprofits looking to develop a strong board, leverage new technology, better align the organization’s resources and vision, or find new ways to communicate with constituents would benefit from a partnership with NEW. NEW’s expertise, theory of change and thought leadership includes the promotion of, and work toward, a broadly diverse and inclusive society.