Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
301 N. Main St. #300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Telephone: 734-663-0401
Our Staff
Neel Hajra Neel Hajra
President & CEO

Neel became AAACF's President & CEO effective January 1, 2015. His list of accomplishments in the nonprofit sector and field of philanthropy is extensive. Neel joined AAACF in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Community Investment. In that role, he has overseen every aspect of AAACF's operations, served as a key ambassador for the Community Foundation throughout Washtenaw County, and has been instrumental in leading a number of innovative community initiatives, including Coordinated Funding and Cultural Economic Development. Prior to joining AAACF, Neel spent ten years at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW), where as President & CEO for two years, he led all aspects of NEW's development efforts and operations including providing governance, technology and facility support to more than 400 nonprofits per year. Before NEW, Neel served as a corporate attorney at Ford Motor Company. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Neel holds a BS with honors in Physics from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He is also currently a lecturer at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy. Neel is recognized statewide and nationally as a thought leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. He has received the Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and the American Express Next Gen Fellowship, both of which recognize 12 individuals nationally for emerging and visionary leadership.
NShelley Strickland Shelley Strickland
Vice President for Development and Donor Services

Shelley joined the Community Foundation in Fall 2014. She brings 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector in various fundraising and communications roles. In addition to practical experience, Shelley is committed to furthering research and academic training on philanthropy. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan (U-M) Nonprofit & Public Management Center after earning her PhD from U-M, where she now holds an adjunct faculty appointment and has provided consultation to several nonprofit boards. Shelley was recruited back to her native Michigan from Georgia to create and deliver educational programs for both development professionals and undergraduates at U-M, including the course for the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP). D-SIP has trained more than 200 college students in fundraising and philanthropy, including the 18 Dobson Interns who have worked in Washtenaw County nonprofits. A committed Center for the Education of Women (CEW) volunteer, Shelley and husband Tim, a PGA golf professional, live in Ann Arbor with son Mitchell, who attends the Go Like the Wind Montessori School.

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