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Kyle Caldwell 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Council of Michigan Foundations 

Kyle Caldwell is a champion of Michigan’s philanthropic sector with more than 25 years of government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sector experience.

Prior to his appointment with Council of Michigan Foundations in 2018, Caldwell, a Michigan native, was executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Prior to that, he served as the director for the Pathways to Opportunity Program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Early in his philanthropy journey, Caldwell served as executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission in Gov. John Engler’s and Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administrations.

A champion of public-private partnerships, Caldwell helped launch and then lead the ConnectMichigan Alliance (CMA) that created a $20 million endowment to support volunteerism that engaged both state government and philanthropy in a one-of-a-kind statewide campaign. CMA merged with the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Caldwell became its president and chief executive officer. Throughout his work in government and in foundations, Caldwell has helped develop innovative and collaborative strategies and programming that strengthen the work of public and private grantmakers, government, and nonprofits in Michigan.