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February 05, 2009

Contact: Marilyn S. LeFeber, 810.238.5651,

Mott Foundation adds Environment program staff

Jumana Z. Vasi
FLINT, Mich. – Jumana Z. Vasi has joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as an Associate Program Officer on the Environment team.

In her new position, she will focus on grantmaking in the Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems program area, as well as cross-program grantmaking in support of growth management and urban revitalization in Michigan.

Before joining Mott, Vasi was the development and marketing manager for Enlace Chicago (formerly the Little Village Community Development Corporation), a Latino community-based organization in Chicago. She brings almost a decade of project management experience in for-profit, nonprofit, government and academic settings and is conversant in French, Gujarati, an Indo-Aryan language and Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania.

Vasi holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and French from Ohio Wesleyan University. She recently completed her master’s degree at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, with a focus on Muslim women’s environmental activism.

The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with year-end assets of approximately $2.5 billion in 2013, made 400 grants totaling more than $101 million. For more information, visit

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