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The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning has announced it has hired a new President/Chief Executive Officer. Michael Kenyon will assume the position on October 26, 2012. The position has been held by Tanya Howe Johnson, CAE who announced, in September 2011, her plan to step down after 20 years in the position.
PPP issued the following email message on behalf of Michael Kateman, PPP Board Chair:
To: PPP members and friends
From: Michael Kateman, Chair, PPP Board of Directors
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’m very pleased to announce that Michael Kenyon is the new President and CEO of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Michael brings a deep passion for the arts and extensive association leadership expertise to his new role with PPP. For the past 11 years, he has been Executive Director of the Percussive Arts Society. At PAS, he led an international music service organization that promotes percussion education, research, performance and appreciation, with 7,500+ members, 50 U.S. chapters and 28 international chapters. Michael’s experience at PAS also includes production of an annual conference that attracts 5,000+ attendees. Among many successful initiatives at PAS, Michael led the organization through development of new facility for the Rhythm! Discovery Center, a museum and educational space that USA Today recently named one of the top places in the United States for hands-on music making.
Michael began his professional life as a musician, working as a drummer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and a Broadway touring company, and with symphony and jazz ensembles in Arizona, Ohio and New York City. After nearly seven years of performing and touring, he sought a career with a broader scope and transitioned into nonprofit and arts administration. He worked with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center for the homeless and Celebrate Youth, which was recognized by the Kellogg Foundation as an exemplary program in the development of young adults. He also served as executive director of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, where he oversaw all financial and operational functions of the organization and was also involved in fundraising. Michael holds a Bachelor of Music, Music Performance, and a Master of Music, Performance Pedagogy, both from Arizona State University.
Michael is no stranger to the worlds of fundraising and charitable gift planning. At the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, he was responsible for raising voluntary contributions to cover 30% of the organization’s annual budget. At PAS, he oversaw all fundraising efforts including the annual campaign and the establishment of several endowed scholarships, and specific purpose funds established through charitable remainder trusts.
I encourage you to attend the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning, October 3-5, in New Orleans, where I look forward to introducing you to Michael. He will officially join the PPP staff on October 26.”
As a PPP member and Immediate Past President of PPP of Greater Philadelphia, I wish Kenyon well. This is an important transition time for PPP. I look forward to seeing what the Kenyon-era will mean for PPP, the membership, and philanthropy. There are certainly great challenges ahead. But, with those challenges, there are also great opportunities. It will be interesting to see how effectively PPP grapples with the challenges and seizes the opportunities.
That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?