Nonprofit hires VP of finance


Derrick Smith. Courtesy Inner City Christian Federation

A local affordable housing nonprofit has named a new vice president of finance.

The Grand Rapids-based Inner City Christian Federation, or ICCF, said it hired Derrick Smith for the role.

Smith will direct accounting systems and activities within the organization.

His responsibilities include directing general business and financial management, as well as maintaining relationships with lenders and stakeholders with ICCF.

“I’m excited to become a part of and support the ICCF team in their work to provide high quality, affordable housing and services to those in the greater Grand Rapids area,” Smith said. “I look forward to seeing the transformation of both individuals and communities as they are touched by this organization’s work.”

Before joining ICCF, Smith served for four years as the director of finance and administration for the City of Muskegon. Smith also served for 16 years as city treasurer for Muskegon.

“We are thrilled to have Derrick join the ICCF team,” said Ryan VerWys, CEO, ICCF. “He brings significant leadership and management experience, along with a real commitment to the cause of housing justice and equitable opportunity.”

Smith is a certified public accountant in the State of Michigan.

He holds a B.S. in accounting from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio.


The Inner City Christian Federation was founded in 1974 with the mission of providing housing opportunities to low-to-moderate income families.

It has served more than 2,200 families in the Grand Rapids area.

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