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Robert Collier

Robert Collier

President and CEO, Council of Michigan Foundations, Grand Haven

Current Focus

Robert Collier is President and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, a nonprofit membership association of more than 350 grantmakers working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan.

He was appointed to the MEDC Executive Committee in 2011.

Professional Background

Collier’s career in philanthropy includes service as a program officer with the C.S. Mott Foundation, grants director for the Gannett Foundation, executive director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City, and founding director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.

Education and Personal

Collier holds a Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College.

Collier serves on numerous boards, commissions, and taskforces, including the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Association of United Ways, Michigan Municipal League Foundation, and the Public Policy Committees of the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.