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Michael McAfee

/system/medias/314/post/McAfee.jpg?1340997659Dr. McAfee has spent more than 20 years serving as a results?driven leader in the government, philanthropic, and human?service sectors collaborating with government, civic, business, nonprofit and faith leaders to create more than 3,000 units of affordable housing and 5,000 jobs and ensure that more than 100,000 families receive social services.

Dr. McAfee currently serves as Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI). In this role, he is working with leaders in more than 51 communities across America, to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of all children in our nation’s most distressed communities. 

Prior to joining PNI, Dr. McAfee served as Senior Community Planning and Development Representative in the Chicago Regional Office of The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While at HUD, he managed a $450 million housing, community and economic development portfolio. He also served as lead instructor with HUD’s Leadership Development Program. He is most proud of personally ensuring the successful matriculation of more than 168 senior executives through the Leadership Development Program and providing fundraising, leadership, management and organizational development technical assistance to more than 1,000 persons and 800 grassroots faith? and community?based organizations. His partnership with the White House and HUD's Center for Faith?Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has resulted in nonprofit organizations accessing more than $1 billion in federal resources. While serving as director of community leadership for The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts, he was instrumental in helping build the organization’s capacity to raise $121 million from individual donors. This accomplishment earned the Foundation the honor of being recognized by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as receiving more contributions than any other community foundation in America. 

As president of YouthNet of Greater Kansas City, he successfully led an emergency 18?month reorganization that positioned YouthNet to remain in business for more than ten years beyond his tenure as president. The reorganization involved: (1) elimination of a $750,000 operating deficit in 30 days, (2) refocusing of YouthNet’s corporate identity, collateral materials and products lines from 13 to 3, (3) restructuring of the board of directors from 30 to 19 and (4) securing $500,000 in cash reserves.

Dr. McAfee, a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has served as adjunct professor at Harold Washington College, an affiliate of the City Colleges of Chicago, and lectured at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. He also served in the U.S. Army and completed Harvard University's Executive Program in Public Management. He earned his Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. He is currently an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow. His charitable work includes serving as President of the Board of Directors of the North Lawndale Employment Network in Chicago. His practitioner and research interest is focused on strengthening public and private?sector leaders’ ability to more effectively solve major social problems. His most recent book is entitled: CEOs As Volunteer Leaders: A Case Study of Public Private Partnership Involving the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation. Dr. McAfee lives in Oakland, CA with his wife Maja.

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