The William Davidson Foundation’s Board of Directors announced Darin McKeever has been named president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.
McKeever, the Foundation’s chief program and strategy officer, succeeds Jonathan S. Aaron, chairman of the Board of Directors, who has served as president since the philanthropic organization’s founder, William “Bill” Davidson, died in 2009.
“I am forever grateful for Mr. Davidson’s confidence in my leadership and the trust he placed in me to lead the Foundation in its infancy,” says Aaron. “Over the years, we have grown into an outcomes-driven, results-oriented organization with a full professional staff. As Darin steps into his new role as president, I look forward to working with him, the staff and my fellow board members as we continue to honor our founder and his philanthropic vision.”
In his role as chief program and strategy officer, McKeever led the Foundation’s board and staff through a strategic planning process that established the organization’s philanthropic goals and methods for achieving them. He has created and filled new staff positions for the program, grants management and communications functions, and has carefully stewarded efforts to raise the organization’s visibility and deepen its partnerships with grantees, philanthropists and other foundations.
A native of Connecticut, he has invested deeply in understanding the challenges and opportunities in Southeast Michigan, in Israel and in the Jewish community.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the president and CEO of the William Davidson Foundation,” McKeever says. “Mr. Davidson was a lifelong philanthropist who cared deeply about the welfare of future generations, particularly residents of Southeast Michigan and Israel and members of the Jewish diaspora. I am grateful for the trust the Board has placed in me and proud to lead the Foundation in their name.”
McKeever’s appointment was made at the Foundation’s last board meeting when a new slate of officers was elected.
Danielle Olekszyk, the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will add vice president to her title. Olekszyk has served as CFO since 2014 and was the organization’s first hire. Board members Ralph Gerson and Mary Aaron will serve as treasurer and secretary, respectively.