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Marie Colombo Named Senior Director, Office of the President

Marie Colombo has been named senior director, Office of the President. Colombo previously held the position of director of evaluation and learning, and has overseen evaluation, learning and performance monitoring activities since joining the Foundation in 2005. In her new role, Colombo focuses on strengthening internal, integrative organizational activities to ensure strong performance and impact as the Foundation implements its Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children. She designs and oversees workflow across the organization; supports integrated learning, impact and communications; and facilitates decision making among senior management. Colombo’s depth of knowledge, experience, skill and enthusiasm are a great inspiration to the team as the Foundation continues its work to expand opportunity for Detroit youth.

Colombo’s appointment comes after the retirement of Bill Hanson, who served as chief of staff. Hanson’s contributions to the Foundation over his 13-year tenure were significant, including:

  • Implementing a strategic communications function at the Foundation
  • Developing award-winning annual reports that articulated and advanced the Foundation’s work
  • Supporting the Foundation’s efforts in the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren

The Foundation is grateful for Hanson’s many years of service.

The Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that serves as a fierce champion of Detroit children. The Foundation works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations by strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways.

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