When the Detroit Public Schools recently sought to officially launch its independent, nonprofit DPS Foundation, it wanted a leader with a proven fundraising track record.

That’s why the foundation’s founders and the district tapped Chacona Johnson for the job.

Johnson, 55, spent about 20 years working for the development arm of the University of Michigan, ultimately becoming the university’s associate vice president for development after helping to raise millions for the university before retiring earlier this decade.

[pullquote_left]“Now is the right time (to come out of retirement to lead the foundation) because the foundation is now in a position to move forward and help others find opportunities to make a difference for young people in the community,” she said.[/pullquote_left]

The DPS Foundation is an independent nonprofit that will solicit outside funding for such DPS programs as athletics, fine arts and other school improvement initiatives.

Read the entire article at Crain’s Detroit Business