Executive Director, Food Bank Council of Michigan
Kareemah El-Amin is the Executive Director of the Food
Bank Council of Michigan (FCBM) which provides
statewide leadership to food banks in their efforts to alleviate hunger.
In her role as Executive Director, Kareemah
provides strategic direction, leadership and resource management to the 3,200
members of the Emergency Food Network. Recently joining the FBCM, Kareemah
brings over 12 years of non-profit management leadership and a keen sense and
understanding of driving organizational change to support those in need.
Prior to leading
the FBCM, Kareemah’s experiences included tenure as the President and Senior
Consultant of the El-Amin Group, where she provided high level expertise and special
focus on resource development, strategic planning, diversity training, implementation and
marketing in small to large scale organizations. Kareemah is noted for her
specialized expertise in Not for Profit leadership, program management,
strategy, community convening, government initiatives and grant-making. In her
most recent role, Kareemah helped drive the organizational re-structuring of Benton
Harbor Area Schools which helped the District successfully avoid a state
Concurrent to her
work with the El-Amin Group, Kareemah worked as the Senior Lead Consultant for
the National Community Development Institutes (NCDI) on a multi-year community
change initiative in Benton Harbor, MI, funded through the Kellogg Foundation.
Kareemah drove community change by providing leadership and direction to a cross-country
team of consultants, co-partnering with Benton Harbor organizational, civic,
and governmental leaders to form a city-wide capacity building plan that
addressed education, communication, community engagement and faith-based reconciliation.
previous experience includes serving as the Director of Training &
Operation for the Community Partnership for Lifelong Learning, the non-profit
literacy and education arm of the Whirlpool Corporation, Director of Refugee
Services & Immigration Services, and Project Manager for Market Strategies.
on numerous boards including, Michigan Non-Profit Association, Saint Mary’s
College Center for Women’s Intercultural leadership, Martin Luther King
Foundation, The Indiana Arts Commission review board, Krasl Art Center
Education Committee, and Board Chair of
Urban Thought Arts Ensemble.
her education at Bethel College in organizational management. She is also a graduate of the Community
Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI) and Neighbor Works.
Kareemah is an
accomplished filmmaker, playwright, published poet, singer an aspiring novelist.
She has two sons Mateen and Rashad, both talented young men with bright