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Our CEO In the Media


Our CEO and Executive Director of Atlantic Impact, Anise Hayes, had the vision to create the Black Executive Director Alliance of Detroit (BEDAD). We introduce you to the other 7 founding members. As Black founders of 9 Detroit community nonprofits, we are making this connection by leading youth development organizations for the communities we’ve been born into.

Many of us experienced struggles on our own path to adulthood. We have a comprehensive understanding of the issues faced by those we’ve been called to serve, many of whom are not that far removed from us in age. Some of us may even still be struggling with challenges, but created our nonprofit to give back from our own experience however possible.

You can read recent articles on our work through an article in Crain’s Detroit Business , Crain’s Detroit Business (Op-ed) or Model D.


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by Kim Johnson