Faye Alexander Nelson

Director of Michigan Programs at W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Faye Alexander Nelson

Faye Alexander Nelson

Director of Michigan Programs at W. K. Kellogg Foundation

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DTE Energy Foundation
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at M-1 Rail

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President at Midtown Detroit, Inc.

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Senior Executive Vice President at Huntington Bancshares, Inc.

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Invest Detroit Foundation

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President, Healthcare Operations & Chief Operating Officer at Henry Ford Health System, Inc.

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President Emeritus at Marygrove College

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Chief Executive Officer at PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Beacon Council

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Representative at Office of the Representative from Michigan's 12th District, Deborah Dingell

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Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. ranks as the 12th largest law firm in Michigan. With over 60 attorneys, GMH is a full-service law firm offering our clients a diverse range of capabilities and specialties.

Law Degree

At UDM Law, legal education extends well beyond the classroom. We offer an education that features a relevant curriculum taught by exceptional faculty in a friendly, collegial law community truly committed to student success. Our unique and innovative approach to legal education prepares our students to be career-ready and practice-ready upon graduation. That is why there is no better place to learn law.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent, student-centered, undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social development of our students.

Life Member

The Detroit Athletic Club, a Platinum Club of America, celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012 with enhanced facilities and special programs. Our members are the leading group of professionals who enjoy the very best networking opportunities, social events, athletics and culinary delights. Join the DAC, a great tradition working to strengthen the future of our city. Long recognized as one of the finest private Clubs in the country, DAC membership is available to qualified candidates 21 years of age and older. Categories include Resident, Intermediate, Intermediate Legacy, Non-Resident/Diplomatic, Military and Clergy.


The International Women’s Forum advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. The IWF brings together an unprecedented global membership to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the International Women’s Forum has grown across 5 continents into 29 nations. There are more than 5,500 women leaders participating in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Membership in the International Women’s Forum (IWF) is by invitation and is influenced by definitive international standards. Members are committed to bettering global leadership today and cultivating women leaders of tomorrow. IWF provides one-of–a-kind programming designed by world leaders, for world leaders, both present and future. IWF provides a platform for leaders to meet among their peers in an environment where meaningful partnerships and friendships can grow and form.

Life Member

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders, who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st century economic environment.

Career History
Director of Michigan Programs
2018 - Current

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 by breakfast cereal pioneer W.K. Kellogg, who defined its purpose as “…administering funds for the promotion of the welfare, comfort, health, education, feeding, clothing, sheltering and safeguarding of children and youth, directly or indirectly, without regard to sex, race, creed or nationality.…” To guide current and future trustees and staff, he said, “Use the money as you please so long as it promotes the health, happiness and well-being of children.” The foundation receives its income primarily from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust, which was set up by Mr. Kellogg. In addition to its diversified portfolio, the trust continues to own substantial equity in the Kellogg Company. While the company and the foundation have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, the foundation is governed by its own independent board of trustees. The foundation receives its income primarily from the trust’s investments. Over the years, the Kellogg Foundation’s programming has continued to evolve, striving to remain innovative and responsive to the ever-changing needs of society. Today, the organization ranks among the world’s largest private foundations, awarding grants in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa (In 2009, we closed our office in Pretoria, South Africa and are no longer accepting unsolicited proposals there).

Chair & President
Vice President Public Affairs
Prior - 2018

DTE Energy Co. operates as a diversified energy company, which engages in the provision of electricity and natural gas sales, distribution and storage services. It operates through the following segments: Electric, Gas, Non-Utility Operations, and Corporate & Other. The Electric segment engages in the generation, purchase, distribution and sale of electricity to residential, commercial and industrial customers in south-eastern Michigan. The Gas segment engages in the purchase, storage, transportation, distribution and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Michigan and the sale of storage and transportation capacity. The Non-Utility Operations segment engages in gas storage and pipelines, power and industrial projects, and energy trading. The Corporate & Other includes various holding company activities, holds certain non-utility debt, and holds energy-related investments. The company was founded in January 1995 and is headquartered in Detroit, MI.

Boards & Committees
Independent Director
2002 - 2014

Compuware Corp. engages in the provision of software solutions and professional services that optimize productivity and reduce costs across the application life cycle. It focuses on the development of mainframe software tools for the development and operations. The firm's products include topaz, topaz workbench, topaz for total test, hiperstation, xpediter, strobe, thruput manager, abend-aid, and application audit. The company was founded by Peter Karmanos, Jr., Thomas Thewes, and Allen B. Cutting in 1973 and is headquartered in Detroit, MI.

Member, Board of Directors

Kmart Corp. engages in retailing of general merchandise. It also offers pharmacy services. The company was founded by Sebastian S. Kresge in 1899 and is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL.




The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation was founded in 1982 for the purpose of staging and perpetuating America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van Furniture, Michigan’s grandest and most cherished civic event. It is governed by key civic and corporate leaders representing the primary industrial, retail, automotive and institutional organizations that define the greater Detroit community. Their active involvement ensures that America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van remains a vital part of metropolitan Detroit’s cultural community. The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation also includes a volunteer corps of 1,500. These dedicated individuals contribute to the staging of America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, under the supervision of Michigan’s Thanksgiving Parade Foundation and a full-time management staff of event, marketing, and creative professionals. The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, was founded in 1924. For more than 75 years, The Parade has been a one-of-a-kind spectacle of fantasy, holiday spirit and community enthusiasm. The Parade has grown to include more than 75 parade units, including floats, balloons and marching bands in procession. America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van Furniture is Detroit’s most visible civic event, a positive demonstration of the best this community has to offer to its people and the greater American community. Exceptional curbside attendance as well as extensive “live” radio and television coverage, on a regional and national level, combine to create unparalleled marketing and promotional exposure for the City of Detroit. In an effort to expand the reach and impact of America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van Furniture, The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation also has produced a variety of auxiliary fundraising and community outreach events including Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford Motor Company, a spectacular black-tie fundraising event; the Ford Fireworks; the 1997, 1998, 2002 & 2008 Red Wings Victory Parades; The 1998 University of Michigan Rose Bowl Victory Parade; the 1999 Big Balloon Parade staged in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and The Parade Company assisted Australia with their Centenary of Federation Parade on January 1, 2001. The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Funding is derived from corporate sponsorships, foundations and individual donations. The Foundation receives no local, state or federal appropriations. The Parade Company is the marketing and operating division of The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.

Political Donations

Former President of United States


Former Senator from Michigan


Employee at Congressional Black Caucus Institute

Awards & Honors
United Way Women in Philanthropy - Woman of Excellence
Michigan Environmental Council - Milliken Distinguished Service Award
NAWBO Greater Detroit - Greater Good Award
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