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Wege Foundation Announces New CEO

The Wege Foundation, a CMF member, has announced its new president and CEO, James Logan.

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The Wege Foundation, a CMF member, has announced its new president and CEO, James Logan.

According to a Wege Foundation press release, Logan has nearly 20 years of experience in philanthropy. He previously served as a program officer with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, focusing on environmental justice, racial equity and workforce development.

At the Greater New Orleans Foundation, he co-led the development and adoption of its Environmental Fund’s Theory of Change and managed the Greater Together Fund for Racial Equity, which has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to Black-led nonprofits.

Logan was the founding manager of the City of New Orleans’ NOLA FOR LIFE Reentry Strategy, which streamlined employment and wraparound services for returning citizens transitioning out of incarceration. He also authored the City of New Orleans’ “Ban the Box” policy, which provides a fair opportunity to returning citizens seeking employment. Before that, he served as the Project Director of Youthline America, a national youth development nonprofit based in New York City.

Logan practiced law at South Brooklyn Legal Services and is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and Loyola University Maryland. He is the Immediate Past President of the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans and serves on the boards of directors of KID smART New Orleans, the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana and the New Orleans Arts Education Alliance. Logan is married to Tiffany Tate Logan, Esq. and they have two young sons.

“James brings to The Wege Foundation and to West Michigan extensive experience with and a deep commitment to racial justice, community development and environmental protection,” Johnathan Wege, Wege Foundation Board Chair, said. “He will continue our work to bolster the efforts of the Grand Rapids and Western Michigan community for the benefit of everyone.”

Logan’s appointment is effective on December 1. Logan succeeds Mark Van Putten, who has served for seven years as The Wege Foundation’s president and CEO and for 13 years prior to that as a consultant to the foundation. Van Putten is returning to ConservationStrategy, the consulting firm he founded in 2003.

“I’m honored to have been selected as the next president and CEO of The Wege Foundation,” Logan said. “I celebrate our shared commitment to social justice, and I look forward to working in partnership with the Grand Rapids and Western Michigan community, serving as a steward of the mission, vision and values of the foundation.”

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