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Detroit Program promotes Hui and Turner


Two members of Kresge Detroit Program take on new titles and authority this week with the promotion of Jonathan C. Hui to senior program officer and Sam Kiyomi Turner to program officer.

Turner joined the foundation in 2019 as a program coordinator working to develop strategic alignment across programs, cultivate a learning culture, embed racial equity, and execute on special initiatives. He joined the Detroit Program as an associate program officer two years later and works extensively with the Detroit Program’s growing portfolio of racial justice and movement-building grant partners.

Turner was previously program director an urban farm and food justice academy in New Orleans and was a strategy and development consultant for various nonprofits in New York. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Tulane University and is completing a master’s degree in future studies at the University of Houston.

Hui joined the Detroit Program as a summer graduate fellow in 2017 and became an associate program officer that fall. He previously worked as director of strategy and planning at the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. Prior to that he was a social studies teacher at Detroit’s Denby High School as a Teach for America corps member.

He has a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of Michigan.

At Kresge, Hui’s work has included deep involvement with the foundation’s early childhood education work — including with Hope Starts Here — and strengthening child and family-centered neighborhoods through initiatives such as the creation of the cradle-to-career campus on the campus of the former Marygrove College.

“Both Jonathan and Sam have been indispensable members of our team,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, Detroit program managing director. “They prioritize collaboration and continue to forge deeper connections with our grantees and other partners. Those connections and the understanding that comes with working deeply in place allow us to fully support a vision for economic mobility, quality of life and opportunity for all Detroiters.”