Nicole McKinney

Nicole McKinney

Executive Director

Nicole McKinney is a nonprofit professional with more than 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, including experience in fundraising, grant funding, advisory board development and youth programming.

She has worked for 19 years in the United Way Network (with the past 15 years spent at United Way for Southeastern Michigan) in various positions, such as Director of Resource Development, Campaign Manager, Detroit and Wayne County Area Director, and most recently as Work-based Learning Director.

Some of her notable accomplishments have included providing funding to much needed programs in metro Detroit, establishing a school-based health center in River Rouge School District, and helping students to achieve industry certifications, job shadows, access to college, and internships.

Prior to United Way, she has held positions as Vice President of Member Services at the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Manager at the Battle Creek Enquirer, and served as a Consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Expert-in-Residence program. In addition, she has served on numerous non-profit Boards.

Currently, she serves on the Birmingham Public Schools Board, and was appointed to the State of Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission in August 2019, by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, for a five-year term.

McKinney is a graduate of three leadership programs: Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI, Southern Wayne County Chamber Leadership 21, and Battle Creek Community Leadership Academy.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development, and a master’s degree in business administration.