The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek selected Sarida Scott as the new program officer and leader of the Detroit team. Her position was effective Monday.
“We are pleased to have Sarida join our team,” says Faye Nelson, the foundation’s director of Michigan programs. “She brings to the foundation tremendous talent in community development, an excellent reputation throughout the Detroit community, and extensive experience in both the nonprofit and legal sectors. Her leadership experience in these areas will strengthen our work on behalf of children, families, and communities in Detroit.”
Scott will be based in the foundation’s Detroit office, where she will provide leadership and oversee the foundation’s investments in Detroit. She will also lead the foundation’s Detroit grantmaking priorities while collaborating and partnering with grantees, communities, and other stakeholders.
Scott currently serves on the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program Advisory Council, Knight Foundation Advisory Council, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency board, and Michigan League for Public Policy board.
Previously, Scott was executive director of Community Development Advocates of Detroit, where she led the advancement of policy and strategic positions, managed fundraising, and oversaw day-to-day operations. There, she increased membership by more than 50 percent, developed an online interactive Detroit community map, and raised more than $1 million for 2019 organization operations.
Scott’s career includes leadership positions such as chief program officer and legal director for Michigan Community Resources and assistant corporation counsel for the city of Detroit law department. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and a member of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
The foundation was formed in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by Will Keith Kellogg, cereal innovator and entrepreneur. The foundation is guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive and works with communities to create conditions for underserved children to realize their full potential.