The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has named La June Montgomery Tabron as its next president and chief executive officer. She becomes the first African American to lead the 83-year old foundation. Tabron has been with the philanthropic foundation for 26 years and is presently its executive vice president of operations and treasurer.
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to serve and to lead this wonderful foundation to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children,” Tabron said in the press release. “Growing up in a family of 10 children in inner-city Detroit, I know first-hand the day-to-day challenges faced by the families we seek to help. In so many ways, my own journey illustrates the power and impact of what is possible with the right conditions.” Tabron will assume her new leadership roles on Jan. 1.
“After an extensive search that included outstanding candidates from both the United States and abroad, La June emerged as our new leader because of her strengths in so many areas of the foundation, and her deep and unwavering commitment to the foundation’s mission, vision and values,” Rod Gillum, chairman of the WKKF board, said in a press release. “She has shown that she knows how to strike a balance between the board, staff and grantees, all while holding our high standard for impact.”
Tabron started her career at the WKKF as its financial controller and will become the 12th leader of the foundation. Throughout her time with the company, she was promoted numerous time, expanding her responsibilities to all of internal operations including programming strategy and execution, reports Michigan Live.
Tabron earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. A certified public accountant and a certified management accountant, she began her career as an auditor for Plante & Moran PLLC.
She also serves on several boards: at Western Michigan University Foundation, the Bronson Healthcare Group, Southwest Michigan First, and the Douglass Community Association in Kalamazoo.
“Founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation works to create conditions where vulnerable children can realize their full potential in school, work and life,” reports Michigan Live.