KALAMAZOO, MI – First Day Shoe Fund, a local nonprofit that believes all children should start school on equal footing, is excited to announce that Andrea Macklin will be the new Executive Director of the growing, 13 year-old organization.

Andrea has been active in Kalamazoo’s nonprofit community for nearly a decade.  She has experience in networking, management and marketing and has twice been hired to create or revamp a large volunteer program.  She is passionate about equity and community and is a recent participant in the OnePlace Nonprofit Leader Academy.

“The Board and I are pleased to welcome Andrea to First Day Shoe Fund,” said Board President, Jud Hoff.  “Her experience working with volunteers and her deep connections in our community will be tremendous assets for our organization.  As we expand our mission, ensuring all children start school on equal footing, we are counting on Andrea’s leadership to help us reach our goal of county-wide coverage.”

“The First Day Shoe Fund meets such a basic need—one that impacts so many areas of a child’s life”, said Executive Director, Andrea Macklin. “I’m honored and excited to join the organization as we grow into the next phase and continue to ensure that all Kalamazoo kids can start on equal footing.”

Andrea spends her time outside of work as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, reading, gardening and fixing up her 100 year old house in the Edison neighborhood with her husband, Connor, an interventionist at Paramount Charter Academy and freelance photographer.

To learn more about First Day Shoe Fund and how to support the organization’s work, please visit www.firstdayshoefund.org, find us on Facebook or email firstdayshoefund@gmail.com.