Written by Bankole Thompson

Chacona Johnson, President & CEO, Detroit Public Schools FoundationA cross section of leaders in education and business converged last week at the Detroit Seafood Market to raise money — $60,000 to be exact — for the Detroit Public School Foundation scholarship program named after Chronicle publisher Sam Logan. The event was part of an effort that began at the birthday celebration of Logan this year where all proceeds were donated to the DPS Foundation.

The gathering at the upscale downtown Detroit restaurant brought together individuals from different backgrounds but whose passion for education is indisputable. Chacona Johnson, who came out of retirement from the University of Michigan where she served as associate vice president for development, is the head of the DPS Foundation. Johnson was on hand to thank supporters and donors for contributing to create a better and meaningful future for Detroit children.

The foundation is an independent nonprofit entity with the sole purpose of seeking funding to support programs like fine arts and athletics, among others, at DPS. Johnson whose demeanor shows she is not the kind of person who cherishes the media spotlight, sat down with senior editor Bankole Thompson to briefly talk about her foundation and her plans moving forward.

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