Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP) Affinity Group Convening: Philanthropy's Role in Combating Hate

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Flint Farmers Market, Flint, MI

You're invited to join your fellow Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP) affinity group members for a critical dialogue about philanthropy's role in combating hate.


Dr. Agustin Arbulu, executive director, Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu brings more than 16 years of senior management experience to his position as Executive Director of the MDCR. Before joining MDCR, Arbulu served as President/CEO of a post-acute care organization aimed at reducing rehospitalization and maximizing patient satisfaction. In addition, his work experience includes holding senior management/leadership positions in the manufacturing, health care and nonprofit sectors, and 15 years as a practicing attorney specializing in corporate, business and tax law. Arbulu has taught graduate-level courses on organizational leadership, change management, finance and strategy.

Danielle Atkinson, founding director, Mothering Justice

Danielle Atkinson is the founding director of Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families by equipping the next generation of mama activists. Atkinson has extensive experience as a church-based, electoral, and community organizer. She has worked with such organizations as America Votes, State Voices, Population Connection and ACORN. In 2012, Atkinson founded Mothering Justice, a leadership development and advocacy organization which has trained more than 300 women, reached over 50,000 mothers in voter engagement efforts, led Mama Conversations around Michigan, and drafted the Mamas' Agenda, a policy priority plan addressing financial stability issues of mothers.

Mark Bishop, strategic partnership coordinator, Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Mark C. Bishop currently serves as the Strategic Partnership Coordinator with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Community Relations Division, and provides training, community outreach and strategic collaboration services. Before joining the Division, Mark served as a Rights Representative and Civil Rights Investigator in the Lansing Enforcement Unit conducting civil rights investigations. A licensed attorney with the State Bar of Michigan, he holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a dual concentration in administrative law and constitutional law & civil rights.

Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, vice president, community investment, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Martha Gonzalez-Cortes joined the Community Foundation and the Strategy & Leadership team as the Vice President – Community Investment in 2017. Martha most recently served as the Community Relations Director for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), managing the statewide education and outreach team of the MDCR Community Relations Division. With a public service career spanning more than 20 years, Martha has a proven track record of effectiveness working in non-profit, academic, and public policy environments. Gonzalez-Cortes earned a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree in cultural anthropology from Stanford University.

Isaiah Oliver, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Isaiah M. Oliver is President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charitable organization focused on engaging people in philanthropy to build a stronger community. He leads the Foundation's strategic priorities around improving literacy rates, increasing access to healthy food, strengthening resident-led neighborhood improvements, and providing critical resources to the children affected by the Flint Water Crisis. Isaiah's background includes extensive community leadership and executive oversight experience. Isaiah served five years on the Flint Community Schools Board of Education, including two years as board President.

Yusef Shakur, co-director of programs, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

Yusef Bunchy Shakur is well versed in the language and syntax of Detroit as an author, educator and interpreter of the language of the city’s majority Black population from its pain, anger and to its hope through his experience of transformation. He offers sage advice to help re-spirit and re-build a broken community plagued from social decay through his efforts as a local and national organizer. Yusef epitomizes redemption from the lessons he learned from his father whom he met in prison for the first time; as an organic intellectual and father committed to Restoring The Neighbor Back To The Hood. He currently serves as Co-Director of Programs with the Michigan Roundtable.


CMF Members: $35


February 19, 2018

Cancellation Policy: No refunds are available after February 19, 2018.


Programming: Elizabeth Whittaker-Walker via email or call 313-566-2444
Registration: Denise Temple via email or call 616-850-2136

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