Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently hired two new staffers, Kururama Sánchez and Jordan Duckens.

Kururama Sánchez is a community investment manager, overseeing a portfolio of grants, providing grantees with technical assistance and representing KZCF in a variety of community initiatives.

Sánchez previously served as a policy and community intern with the City of Detroit, providing leadership for immigration related legislation and "Detroit Our City," an initiative to create bridges between immigrants and long-time residents.

Sánchez holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Criminal Justice and Organizational Communication, and a Master’s in Public Policy, including a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, from University of Michigan.

"The Community Foundation’s focus on equity in philanthropy was a huge drawing point for me," says Sánchez. "The role as a Community Investment Manager at KZCF aligned well with my values and I’m happy to be a part of this team."

Jordan Duckens is a communications officer, using her five years of strategic communications experience with an emphasis in advocacy communications.

Duckens comes to KZCF from a communications position with Michigan State University Extension where she promoted access to educational resources for Kalamazoo area residents. Previously, she worked at Washington, D.C. – based Enroll America where she connected those without insurance to affordable healthcare options.

Duckens earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Howard University and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.

"I always seek opportunities that allow me to use my skills as a communicator to make a difference in the lives of others," says Duckens. "It is such a privilege to have the chance to do meaningful, impactful work within the community I now call home."