Associate Program Officer
Channing McKay works on grantmaking related to youth engagement through service, which expands pathways for young people to learn, grow, and contribute to their schools and communities. Before joining the Mott Foundation, he worked with the Saginaw Community Foundation, managing its annual scholarship program and administering grants for innovative P-12 curriculum projects. He also has worked as a writer and editor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University.
McKay first came to know the Mott Foundation in 2016, when he participated in our inaugural summer internship program. With a keen interest in systems change, he worked with the Education Program on evaluation models and a theory of change framework.
McKay’s passion for youth leadership and philanthropy began in high school, when he served as a member of the Saginaw Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council. Today, the Saginaw native gives back to his community as a volunteer with The Lee Mansion Restoration Project and the Pit & Balcony Theatre.
McKay graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies and sustainability and a minor in sustainable agriculture and food systems.