KELLY MAJOR GREEN:
 
KELLY MAJOR GREEN




 
 
 
 
 
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Key Operations, of United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit. Responsible for overseeing United Way’s marketing, finance, information technology, human resources, facility, and strategy functions, Green joined the organization as vice president of marketing and brand experience in 2007. Recent major United Way initiatives include working with the Skillman Foundation and others to pass legislation to create alternative teacher certification, which allowed Teach for America to come back into Detroit schools and made the state eligible for additional federal funding through the “Race for the Top.” Also, the United Way 2-1-1 calling program provides those in need with more than 20,000 programs and services, such as after school programs, senior care services, medical and prescription assistance, credit counseling and mortgage foreclosure assistance, and housing and utility resources. Green’s nearly 20-year career includes seven years at Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing, where she was partner and marketing director. Earlier, she worked as merchandise finance and planning director for the sporting goods division of Kmart, and as a management consultant with CSC Index and Andersen Consulting, both in Chicago. Green is a trustee of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and a member of the Greater Wayne County Chapter, The Links Inc., and the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Recently, she was named among the “Women to Watch” and United Way was named a Best Managed Nonprofit finalist by Crain’s Detroit Business. Green received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from Northwestern University.


WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Hillary Clinton and Mother Teresa – two very strong women committed to their principles but who also reinvented themselves. Anything is possible.”

LAST BOOK READ:Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Determined, strategic, focused.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “It’s headed toward authentic individual engagement. The nonprofit industry has to continue to make itself and its mission relevant to individuals and to align individual philanthropic interests to their missions. The way to do that is through authentic engagement.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “Right now, it’s my iPhone. I just got an iPhone 4.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Sonoma, Calif., specifically top of the Mayacamas Mountain range at Pride Mountain Winery.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I’m a sports fanatic and I enjoy wine tasting.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Sushi.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I’m a better-than-average singer in my church choir.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As someone who is always learning and evolving and influencing others to do the same.”