Von Washington Jr. is the executive director of community relations for The Kalamazoo Promise, a program that provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools through anonymous donations. He serves as the spokesman for the program, including responsibilities to key community stakeholders, media relations, and focusing the Promise’s vision of becoming an education community.
Previously, Washington served as an associate vice president at Southwest Michigan First, with a concentration on business development by partnering with regional companies for job creation efforts. He was also responsible for developing collaborations between educational institutions and businesses in order to best prepare the region’s future workforce.
Von has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Western State College of Colorado, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.