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Donna Murray-Brown Named In Notable Women in Nonprofits Special Report

December 11, 2018

DETROIT, Mich. — Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), was named by Crain’s Business Detroit as a part of their Notable Women in Nonprofits in Michigan special report.

Murray-Brown is receiving the recognition for her dedication to the nonprofit sector as well as her energized leadership within Michigan Nonprofit Association and the community.

Crain’s Detroit Business selected women in the nonprofit industry who are considered leaders in their workplaces and communities. Crain’s has similar special reports for other industries such as Law, Manufacturing, Technology and more.

“Donna Murray-Brown is a powerful advocate for and passionate leader in the nonprofit sector not only in Michigan, but nationally,” said Paula D. Cunningham, State Director for AARP Michigan and chair of MNA’s board of directors. “We couldn’t be more proud that she is being recognized for her compelling voice in the non-profit sector and her exemplary leadership.”

Prior to being named President and CEO in 2013, Murray-Brown served as Director of the Metro Detroit Partnership Office and Senior Director of Capacity-building for MNA. In this dual role, she led a successful strategic alliance program for arts and culture organizations in metro Detroit; led the merger negotiations of four organizations to create the Belle Isle Park Conservancy; and attracted national program partnerships and investment to the region including New York-based National Urban Fellows and Wisconsin-based Public Allies.

Before joining MNA, Murray-Brown was Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act Director for Charter One Bank where she developed and executed strategy and leadership for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance. She also strengthened the company's business and corporate citizenship with key partnerships of more than 100 civic and community-based organizations.

In addition to serving as the Board Chair of the National Council of Nonprofits, Murray-Brown serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Detroit Public Television, is on the Board of Directors for Michigan Associations of United Ways, is a former state commissioner for the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. She was named one of Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for 2018.


About Michigan Nonprofit Association

Incorporated in 1990, MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through advocacy, training, and resources. MNA is a sponsoring organization for AmeriCorps VISTA.

Media Contact:

Sarah-Grace Battles

Communications Manager, Michigan Nonprofit Association



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