Nonprofit hires chief engagement officer


Dean Herried. Courtesy Mel Trotter Ministries

A local nonprofit has named a new development executive.

Grand Rapids-based Mel Trotter Ministries said this month it hired Dean Herried as its chief engagement officer.

Herried's job is to lead donor growth initiatives with the development team at Mel Trotter Ministries, which includes philanthropic activities, social impact investing, building new donor relationships and creating visibility and impact.

Herried has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit industry.

He spent more than 25 years in various positions with branches of the YMCA, most recently serving as the district executive director for the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

In those roles, he gained leadership skills in annual and capital fundraising, board and committee development, strategic planning and community development.

He is also a past trainer for the national YMCA, a church council member and church stewardship chairman.

He holds a master’s degree in nonprofit organizational leadership from Springfield College.

Mel Trotter

Mel Trotter Ministries serves anyone experiencing hunger or homelessness.

The nonprofit has men’s, women’s and youth shelters and offers inexpensive meals and other services.

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