Community Foundation names new board member 

In Press Release

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is pleased to welcome Maria Thompson as its newest board member.

Maria Thompson, Board of Trustees, CFSEM

“We are honored that Maria is willing to extend her extensive experience by joining the Community Foundation board of Trustees,” says Mariam Noland, president, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “Her entrepreneurial background and philanthropic knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the growth of the Community Foundation.”

Maria Thompson is a Venture Partner at Arsenal, a growth equity firm focused on the intersection of the government, large corporations and emerging technology companies. Previously, Thompson was President and CEO of T/J Technologies, Inc., a nationally recognized Michigan company for proprietary alternative energy technologies.

Thompson became a Director of the Reko International Group, a Canadian public company in 2016. She is a member of the University of Michigan Technology Transfer National Advisory Board and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Zell Lurie Institute Advisory Board. Thompson previously served as chair of NextEnergy’s Board of Directors for five years and is a former member of several non-profit organization boards.

A photo of Thompson can be found here.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $1 billion through more than 69,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties.

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