Foundation names director of racial equity and community engagement


Alvin Herring. Courtesy W.K. Kellogg Foundation

A reverend is the new director of racial equity and community engagement at a foundation in the region. 

The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation, or WKKF, recently named Rev. Alvin Herring to the role.

His job will be to provide oversight to a programming team and grant portfolios relating to the foundation's mission to support children, families and communities.

Herring will report to Barbara Ferrer, the foundation's chief strategy officer.

"The promise of transforming this country — one person, one neighborhood, one community at a time — is needed now more than ever, and we are eager to welcome him to our team,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

“His courageous spirit and passion for this critical work will most certainly help WKKF intensify our efforts in communities to promote racial healing, to bridge racial and ethnic divides and to engage new allies in addressing systemic racism for the benefit of all children and families.”

Herring's background

Herring is no stranger to community work.

Previously, Herring has served in a number of roles at various organizations: deputy director and senior leader for PICO National Network; executive director of Working Interfaith Network in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; community organizer for the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization in Richmond, California; principal and lead consultant for Side By Side in Alameda, California; executive director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice in Louisville, Kentucky; dean of students/assistant vice president for student life at the University of Louisville; founding partner of the Fusion Partnership in Baltimore; and COO of the National Coalition Building Institute in Washington, D.C.

Herring holds a B.A. in psychology and pan-African studies from the University of Louisville and an M.S. in counseling from the University of St. Francis. He also completed post-master's studies in counseling at Purdue University.

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