Hudson-Webber Foundation Names Michael Shaw Vice President of Programs

The Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Webber Foundation (HWF) in Detroit has named Michael Shaw vice president of programs for the foundation.
Michael Shaw // Photo courtesy of HWF

The Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Webber Foundation (HWF) in Detroit has named Michael Shaw vice president of programs for the foundation.

Shaw will collaborate closely with President and CEO Donald Rencher to craft a comprehensive strategy determining the recipients and rationale behind grant allocations within the landscape of Detroit’s nonprofit organizations. 

Shaw previously served as the program director for the Hudson-Webber Foundation, where he oversaw the allocation of nearly $9 million in grant funding annually. His responsibilities included managing external communications and program partnerships across the foundation’s diverse portfolio.

“With his extensive experience in community and economic development and human services, along with a strong background in civic and philanthropic leadership, Michael was the obvious choice for this critical role in our Foundation,” says Rencher.

Prior to joining HWF in 2019, Shaw served as the program officer for human services at the Kresge Foundation where he led strategies to advance social and economic mobility. In addition to serving on internal working groups focused on boys and men of color, as well as housing and the memberships and infrastructure committees, he monitored activities for an active portfolio of more than 50 operating and project grants totaling over $50 million and program lead for $25 million in impact investments.

Shaw previously was the director of philanthropic and business development and innovation with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a Baltimore-based national organization dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children. In this role he managed business plan development and contributed to the replication of GHHI programs and initiatives in more than 20 cities in four years. He also cultivated sustainable funding strategies and cost-benefit analysis, developed and managed relationships, investment and communications with the various stakeholder groups with deep penetration into the philanthropic community and provided support and guidance to senior leadership and staff.

Shaw was also a member of the civic investment team at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where he supported the management of $10 million annually of diverse programmatic investments, developed and managed strategic relationships with approximately 20 new grantees per year, while maintaining and enhancing relationships with existing grantees and reviewed grant proposals, performed site visits and negotiated the scope of work, performance measures, budget and timeline for each grant.