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Michele Mackey will serve as FCI's interim CEO through an innovative resource sharing arrangement with Kids Forward

April 3, 2020

During these unimaginable times of “Safer at Home” orders and physical distancing, Forward Community Investments (FCI) is reminded of why we do the work we do. FCI is an investor, connector, and advisor for organizations and initiatives that reduce social, racial, and economic disparities in Wisconsin Communities. We envision an equitable and inclusive Wisconsin built on cooperative social action.

FCI understands that our work depends upon a diverse board and staff team, contributing their skills, expertise, and perspectives. We are pleased to announce Michele Mackey has joined FCI as a loaned executive acting as Interim CEO through an innovative resource sharing arrangement with Kids Forward. 

Michele returns to FCI having served as our Managing Director of Community Development from 2015-16. In the interim, Michele has led the statewide policy center, Kids Forward as Chief Operating Officer where she drove the strategic vision for the organization's internal and external equity work, ensuring equity in all things from community engagement to policy recommendations to internal fiscal and organizational policies.  

“This is an exciting opportunity to join forces with FCI in advancing our shared missions to address Wisconsin’s shameful racial disparities. To advance equity and justice, we must be willing to work differently and partner with others.” Jacquie Bogess, Kids Forward Board President. 

Michele brings over twenty years of blended leadership experience in organizational management, program administration, social justice, and financial analysis to FCI. She has managed numerous federal and foundation-supported, multi-stakeholder projects spanning 10+ industries. 

“We appreciate this opportunity to benefit from Michele’s transformational leadership, breadth of experience, and mission focus. Michele understands FCI’s role in addressing inequity. She is the right person to lead us through this transitional period.”  - Alia Stevenson & Jaimes Johnson, FCI Co-Chairs

Michele holds B.S. (Math/Computer Science,) B.A. (Economics) and J.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her early career applied this unique academic background to intellectual property litigation in Silicon Valley, and federal and state investigation of financial and computer crime on the East Coast. 

“I am honored to be working with FCI’s incredible team at this time. Some have called COVID-19 the great equalizer. This is not true. We are all witnessing the burden carried by the most marginalized members of our society. As organizational leaders, we have an opportunity to align our resources and expertise, to begin dismantling inequitable structures and systems, and to create a just and healthy future that is shared by all.” – Michele Mackey, Interim CEO 

About Forward Community Investments
In its capacity as a statewide community development financial institution (CDFI), FCI infuses capital into economically underserved communities and neighborhoods. To date, FCI has invested more than $170 million into Wisconsin-based affordable housing projects and community facilities across the state. These efforts have resulted in the creation of tens of thousands of jobs for Wisconsin residents. FCI also provides capacity building services and small grants to mission-driven organizations across Wisconsin to enhance their ability to achieve short-term success and long-term sustainability.