Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation301 N. Main St. #300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Our StaffNeel Hajra
President & CEO
As the President & CEO, Neel is excited every day by the opportunity to lead AAACF's staff and board in their collective efforts to maximize community impact - work for which he has earned both statewide and national recognition. After obtaining his JD from the University of Michigan Law School, Neel worked as a corporate attorney at Ford Motor Company. It was during a one-year sabbatical from Ford that Neel developed his passion for supporting the community through the nonprofit sector. That sabbatical turned into a nine year tenure at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW), including two years as NEW's President & CEO. During this time, he led all aspects of NEW's development efforts, services, and operations, supporting more than 400 nonprofits per year. Since joining AAACF's staff in 2011 and becoming CEO in 2015, Neel continues his intense focus on producing positive change in Washtenaw County, where he was born and raised. He also helps develop the nonprofit field through a graduate course he teaches at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy. Shelley Strickland
Vice President for Development
With more than 20 years' experience in the nonprofit sector in marketing communications, development, and fundraising research and instruction, Shelley is dedicated to helping other people discover the joy in philanthropy and community engagement. Having been recruited back to her native Michigan to create and deliver educational programs for development staff and undergraduates at U-M, including the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP) curriculum, Dr. Strickland and her family fell in love with the community and decided to make it home. As the Vice President for Development, Shelley works with professional advisors as well as both current and potential donors to find creative solutions to achieve giving goals and objectives that result in win-win-win outcomes.
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