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October 10, 2011

Contact: Carol D. Rugg, 810.238.5651, crugg@mott.org

Mott Foundation announces two promotions

FLINT, Mich. – The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation today announced the promotion of two staff members: Kimberly S. Roberson, a longtime program officer, has been named program director of the Flint Area grantmaking team. Roberson succeeds Neal R. Hegarty, who recently was named associate vice president of programs. Megan Russell Johnson, a program assistant, has been promoted to associate program officer for the Pathways Out of Poverty team.

Kimberly RobersonKimberly Roberson
“The promotions of these experienced staff members not only will ensure continuity of grantmaking in two key areas of Foundation grantmaking – Flint and afterschool – but also will bring an important depth of understanding to the areas in which they work,” said Foundation President and CEO William S. White.

Roberson, who joined the Foundation staff in 1997 as a consultant for the Flint Area program, became an associate program officer the following year. In 2002, she began splitting her time with the Foundation’s Civil Society program, managing the U.S. race relations grant portfolio while continuing to work on projects addressing race relations in Flint and Genesee County. She was promoted to program officer in 2003. More recently, in addition to her Flint-area grantmaking duties, Roberson has been responsible for grantmaking to encourage diversity in philanthropy in the U.S. nonprofit sector program area.

Megan Russell JohnsonMegan Russell Johnson
Before joining the Foundation, Roberson served from 1989 to 1994 as assistant to the county commander for The Salvation Army in Flint. She also worked for The Salvation Army in Albany, New York and the United Kingdom.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oberlin (Ohio) College, Roberson earned a master’s in art and religion from Yale University and two master’s degrees in social work and public administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work in 1999.

Russell Johnson, who began working for the Foundation in 2010 in the Learning Beyond the Classroom portfolio, will assume increased responsibilities for Mott’s national network of afterschool grantees, as well as its afterschool technical assistance collaborative.

Before joining the Foundation staff in 2010, Russell Johnson managed youth programs at HandsOn Battle Creek and worked as an adjunct faculty member at Kellogg Community College.

Russell Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Albion College and earned her master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.


Established by automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott, the Foundation is a private philanthropy that 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 Pathways to Opportunity. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. With year-end assets of approximately $2.5 billion in 2013, the Foundation made 400 grants totaling more than $101 million. For more information, visit www.mott.org.

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