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May 27, 2015 6:58 AM ET

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Company Overview of W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Company Overview

W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization with $5.7 million assets under management. The foundation receives most of its investment from W.K. Kellogg Trust. It was founded by W.K. Kellogg and has over $6 billion in assets and awards $500 million in grants to programs involving health, food, systems and rural development, education, and volunteerism annually. W.K. Kellogg Foundation makes grants in the United States, Latin America, and Southern Africa. The foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan.

1 Michigan Avenue

Battle Creek, MI 49017

United States

Founded in 1930



Key Executives for W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Chief Executive Officer, President and Trustee
Age: 66
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Age: 51
Senior Vice President for Programs
Chief Investment Officer and Vice President
Corporate Secretary and General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Key Developments

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Appoints Management

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced the selection of four vice presidents and two directors. Joseph (Joe) Scantlebury has been named vice president for program strategy for the foundation's place-based work. He will lead, design and implement strategic programming efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in the foundation's priority places. Scantlebury will join the foundation on Jan. 5, 2015, and report to Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Barbara Ferrer. Dianna Langenburg has been named vice president for talent and human resources, effective Nov. 1, 2014. In this role, she will provide strategic leadership of the foundation's efforts to develop and recruit talent and create an environment in which staff are engaged and valued. Langenburg joined the foundation in 1993 and has been the director of human resources and organizational services since 2012. Cindy Smith has been named vice president for integrated services, effective Nov. 1, 2014. In this role, she will provide executive leadership for the foundation's Grant Services (tax eligibility, program-related investments, grant commitments and appropriation recommendations and matching gifts program), Contract Services, Meeting & Travel Services, Organizational Budgeting and Organizational Services. Smith was most recently the foundation's director of program services. Dr. Alandra Washington has been named vice president for quality and organizational effectiveness, effective Nov. 1, 2014. She is responsible for the overall strategic coordination and integration of the foundation's programming and operations efforts, including advancing the development, implementation and oversight of business process reengineering, quality improvement and organizational performance initiatives. Washington most recently was the director or quality and organizational effectiveness. Carmen Heredia-Lopez has been selected as the foundation's director of investments, effective Dec. 1, 2014. In this role, her primary responsibility will be for the investments of the foundation's portfolio, which includes driving the further development of the foundation's mission-driven investment (MDI) strategy and managing emerging diversity-owned firm work and diversified assets. Heredia-Lopez is currently the chief investment officer at the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund. Dr. Huilan Krenn was named director of evaluation for the foundation, effective Sept. 1, 2014, reporting to Nguyen. She is responsible for leading and managing evaluation-related activities in support of all WKKF programming areas and helping the organization measure and understand the outcomes, impacts and lessons learned from its work. Krenn joined the foundation in August 2002 as an evaluation manager providing leadership and technical assistance to grantmaking efforts in the area of impact assessment and program evaluation. Most recently, she was a program officer for Education & Learning.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces the Selection of Two Senior Leadership Executives

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announced the selection of two senior leadership executives. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, the acclaimed executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, has been named chief strategy officer, effective October 6, 2014. Linh Nguyen, currently the company's vice president for Learning & Impact and interim vice president for program strategy leading the company's place-based work, was named chief operating officer, effective immediately. Both will report to the President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. Ferrer and Nguyen join a leadership team that has been aligned over the past nine months to produce results that make a difference in the lives of families and their children, better serve WKKF grantees and adhere to the values of founder Will Keith Kellogg. As chief strategy officer, Ferrer will assume leadership of the foundation's work to develop, define and hone strategies in places and for each program area, and she will lead the vice presidents directly overseeing this work. Linh Nguyen will lead all the operational aspects of the foundation and oversee the vice presidents that direct four of the foundation's core internal areas -- Information Systems and Technology, Integrated Services, Quality & Organizational Effectiveness and Talent.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces Executive Changes

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announced new leadership responsibilities for two key executives, Dr. Gail C. Christopher and Carla D. Thompson, who will play larger, more integrated roles to help the foundation achieve its mission to support children, families and communities in creating and strengthening the conditions in which vulnerable children can succeed. Christopher, a vice president for program strategy, will become vice president for policy and senior advisor. She joined the foundation in 2007 and leads the foundation's Racial Equity; Food, Health & Well-Being; Community & Civic Engagement; and WKKF Community Leadership Network fellowship work. Thompson, who joined WKKF in 2012 as a vice president for program strategy, has been leading and managing the foundation's Education & Learning and Family Economic Security teams. She will continue that work and with Christopher's new role will assume leadership, strategic direction and implementation of the foundation's Food, Health & Well-Being programming work. Christopher will continue to provide leadership for the foundation's Racial Equity, Community Engagement and Leadership work on an interim basis until a new leader is announced.

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