Foundation hires Maria Woodruff Jordan as Vice President, Operations & CFO

DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation has hired Maria Woodruff Jordan to its executive team as vice president, operations & CFO.

Jordan comes to the Foundation after nearly six years at the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, where she held the title of director of finance and administration and before that, controller. Prior to Ruth Mott, Jordan spent 12 years at Expressway Ford in Clio, Mich., including five as president.

In this role, Jordan will lead the Foundation’s finances, office management, human resources, technology, and grants management units, and will oversee the Foundation’s investments via its outsourced CIO, Investure.

“We’re so pleased to have Maria on board,” Skillman Foundation President & CEO Tonya Allen said. “She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and skill in managing foundation finances and operations, and she is excited to put those skills to work for our mission to improve outcomes for Detroit children.”

Jordan holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She serves as a member of the board for the Flint Boys & Girls Club. Jordan is a native of Detroit and graduated from Cass Technical High School.

The Foundation is also announcing the promotion of Krista Jahnke to the role of senior communications officer. Jahnke came to the Foundation in 2012 as communications officer. She will manage the Foundation’s internal and external communications, including media relations, social media and publications. Previously, Jahnke spent nine years as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press.

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Media contact: Krista Jahnke at or 313-393-1181.

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Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development.