The Rhonda Walker Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Detroit, announced that Tracy Fuerst and Renato Jamett have been appointed to the board of directors.
Fuerst is the vice president of corporate communications and public relations at Magna International in Troy. Jamett is the managing director and senior vice president branch manager at Raymond James in Dearborn,
“We’re thrilled to have these two community leaders join us as we work to empower Detroit youth through our award-winning Girls Into Women program,” says Ruselda Villanueva Johnson, CEO of Rhonda Walker Foundation. “Tracy and Renato bring a wealth of global business experience to our diverse board and will play an instrumental role in helping us realize our mission.”
Fuerst joined Magna in 2005 and currently manages all features of global communication and related strategy for the $34 billion company. Despite the global pandemic, Furest has led tactical planning and crisis communications including Magna’s 2020 CEO transition.
“Magna is a proud, committed partner of the Rhonda Walker Foundation, and through our expanded support, we will continue to help elevate the lives of young girls from underserved communities in Detroit,” says Fuerst. “I’m honored to join as a board member and work alongside Detroit advocates to further the foundation’s mission: to empower inner-city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful and moral future leaders.”
Jamett, who joined Raymond James in 2000, has held many leadership roles with the firm and most recently as a member of the Raymond James diversity council. He currently serves on the board of trustees for both the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Furthermore, he has been involved with the Michigan Colleges Foundation and the Michigan Hispanic Business Alliance.
“I look forward to bringing the energy and resources of Raymond James to the Rhonda Walker Foundation,” says Jamett. “By supporting the great work which has been done since 2003, I hope to be part of the empowerment of young women served by this organization. The opportunity to serve and be a positive influence is humbling and an honor.”
The Rhonda Walker Foundation (RWF), founded in 2003, offers a five-year girl into women program to empower inner-city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful, and moral future leaders. RWF claims a 100 percent high school graduation rate among teens completing this award-winning program.