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Family foundation elects board chair

December 7, 2016
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Jonathan Wege
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A local family foundation has announced the appointment of a new board chair.

The Wege Foundation in Grand Rapids said yesterday Jonathan Wege of Bloomfield Hills has been elected chair of the foundation’s board of trustees. The appointment was effective immediately.

He succeeds Peter Wege II, who led the board since 2005 and who is stepping off of the board.

Jennifer Wege recently joined the board to replace Peter Wege II, her father.

Jonathan Wege has been a member of the board previously.

He is described as a “clean energy entrepreneur” and an “environmental leader.”

He serves as creative partner and co-founder of PowerDigm, a designer of energy efficient and renewable energy projects.

He also has extensive international environmental experience and serves as councilor to the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development.

He serves as a board member of Nextek Power Systems, a provider of systems for leveraging high-efficiency power converters and smart controls to optimize energy usage, while drawing power from renewables and other sources.

“Jonathan is a creative and future-oriented leader,” said Mark Van Putten, president and CEO, The Wege Foundation.

He said the foundation staff is looking forward to working with Jonathan Wege in his new role.

Jonathan Wege said he’s “honored” to carry on the “excellent work of my father, brother and all of the trustees.”

The Wege Foundation Board of Trustees consists of 10 board members. Board members don’t serve specific term lengths.

The foundation supports organizations in the areas of education, environment, arts and culture, human services and health care.

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