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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 Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, 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 United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Education. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. With year-end assets of approximately $2.7 billion in 2015, the Foundation made 400 grants totaling more than $119 million. For more information, visit

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