Skillman adds three new staff members and appoints new Chief of Staff

DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation is announcing three new staff members today, and the promotion of another staff member to a senior leadership role.

William Hanson, who has spent 10 years at the Foundation as its director of communications, has been promoted to chief of staff. Hanson will lead the Office of the President, a unit charged with aligning and executing strategies across the Foundation. He will direct the Foundation’s external partnerships and affairs, strategic communications, and evaluation and learning.

David McGhee has joined the Skillman Foundation as a program officer. McGhee comes to the Foundation after serving as a congressional liaison for U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, who represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District. Previous to that role, he spent seven years as a program director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

In his new role, McGhee will lead the Foundation’s portfolio of grants to support Detroit’s youth development and youth employment systems.

The Foundation is also announcing the hiring of Ashley Marie Aidenbaum as special projects manager, a new role at the Foundation. Aidenbaum comes to Skillman after six years as group publisher and director of business development at Issue Media Group. In her role, Aidenbaum will work to strengthen the leadership, strategic communications and project management of the Foundation's Office of the President.

Finally, the Foundation is announcing the hiring of Carla Smith as the Foundation’s human resources officer, another new role. Previously, she served as an independent human resources consultant for the Foundation since 2008. Smith will provide a broad range of HR services to the Foundation’s leadership team and staff to proactively translate the organization’s business needs into integrated HR solutions that best enable the Foundation to meet its strategic objectives.

Media Contact: Krista Jahnke, communications officer, kjahnke@skillman,org or 313-393-1181. 

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development.