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Nonprofit appoints founding CEO and COO

August 28, 2018
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Bridget Clark Whitney
Bridget Clark Whitney. Photo by Johnny Quirin

Two leaders at a local nonprofit dealing with childhood hunger have been promoted.

Bridget Clark Whitney, former Kids’ Food Basket executive director, now has the title of founding CEO, the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit said today.

Afton DeVos, the organization’s former associate director, has been promoted to chief operating officer.

As founding CEO, Clark Whitney will continue providing leadership and oversight of Kids’ Food Basket's operations, overseeing the leadership team for its three locations in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland, as well as maintaining relationships in the West Michigan community.

The nonprofit did not say at press time if Clark Whitney has new responsibilities or the reason for the promotions.

During Clark Whitney’s 16-year tenure, starting as a college intern, Kids’ Food Basket’s annual budget has grown from $20,000 to $5 million.

“There is no better time to lead Kids’ Food Basket,” Clark Whitney said.

“We have so many opportunities ahead of us, and we have tremendous strength from employees to help us get there.” 

DeVos’ promotion to COO adds to her roles in fundraising, community partnerships and leading the nonprofit’s strategic focus and sustainable program development.

She will also oversee all administrative functions that support the programs, including finance, human resources, performance management, research and evaluation.

DeVos has nearly a decade of fundraising and management experience, the last six years being at Kids’ Food Basket.

Kids’ Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit that feeds nearly 8,000 children at 46 elementary schools in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland.

More than 250 volunteers each day — totaling 15,000 per year — help prepare, pack and deliver evening meals for children.

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