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Kellogg Foundation names program officer for Michigan

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation appointed a Michigan program officer who will work on the foundation’s efforts statewide with an emphasis on Detroit.

Khalilah Burt Gaston was named to the post on Friday by the Battle Creek-based foundation. Gaston joined Kellogg on Feb. 2 after serving as executive director for the Vanguard Community Development Corporation in Detroit.

There she led efforts to redefine the organization’s mission, streamline program priorities and strengthen the organization’s financial sustainability, the foundation said.

Ali Webb, director of Michigan programs for Kellogg, said Gaston brings a wealth of philanthropic, community and economic development experience.

“Her leadership and expertise will increase our effectiveness in working with Michigan communities to improve the lives of children. She joins a strong team of experienced grant makers and I am optimistic about advancing our work with grantees, partners and community leaders across the state,” Webb said.

Founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, the foundation has more than $300 million in committed grants currently working in Michigan to improve the lives of children and families.

Kellogg works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes.

JChambers@detroitnews.com