At Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), we are thrilled to turn the page and embark on a new chapter with the arrival of our new fellow, Klarholz Jobe. Her remarkable journey, initiated on the shores of Gambia, West Africa, has now led her to a pivotal role within MNA's esteemed public policy team. And we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome her aboard.
A Global Perspective
Klarholz Jobe started her new role at MNA earlier this summer. She hails from the West African nation of Gambia where she was born and raised. Her journey to the United States was paved with dedication and a commitment to making a difference. As an undergraduate student at Ithaca College in New York, Klarholz majored in politics, with legal studies as her minor. Her academic journey laid the foundation for her future endeavors in the realm of nonprofit advocacy.
A Scholar of BOLD Leadership
During her time at Ithaca College, Klarholz was recognized for her exceptional leadership skills and was selected as a scholar of the BOLD Women's Leadership Cohort, a groundbreaking initiative involving six colleges and universities that selects women based on their commitment to collaboration, innovation, diversity, and inclusion. This prestigious program, funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation, is designed to foster cross-generational mentoring, leadership training, and business networking while focusing on the unique experiences of women, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds. Klarholz's participation in this program honed her leadership abilities and further fueled her desire to make a meaningful impact in the nonprofit sector.
A Fellow with a Purpose
As Klarholz approached the end of her senior year, she was granted a fellowship to work with a nonprofit organization of her choice nationwide. She says she researched nonprofits in Michigan and settled on MNA. “I found MNA to be the perfect fit mainly due to the advocacy work done and especially their support for nonprofits in Michigan,” Klarholz explained. Her enthusiasm for wanting to learn all there is to know about Michigan’s nonprofit sector makes her a perfect fit for our public policy team.
More Than Meets the Eye
Beyond her impressive academic and professional achievements, Klarholz brings a vibrant personality to MNA. When she's not championing nonprofit causes, you can find her in the kitchen, whipping up culinary delights, immersing herself in the pages of captivating books, dancing to the rhythm of life, or chasing the breathtaking sunsets on the West Coast beaches of Gambia. Her embrace of the local Muslim community here in the Mid-Michigan area showcases her genuine warmth, inclusivity, and devotion to her faith.
As she embarks on her journey with us as our new fellow, we are excited to witness the positive impact she will undoubtedly make in Michigan's nonprofit sector. Her unique perspective, dedication, and love for the sector are qualities that will undoubtedly enrich our mission and amplify our collective voice.