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N. Charles A.

President & CEO
Detroit, MI, USA


N.CHARLES ANDERSON was reappointed President/CEO of the Detroit Urban League in January 1997. He previously served as Detroit Urban League President/CEO from October 1987 to January 1994. Anderson is the sixth and eighth person to serve as CEO of the agency in its 100 year plus history. He is responsible for the vision; leadership and direction of one of Detroit's premiere human services and civil rights organizations. Founded in 1916, the Detroit Urban League is one of 100 affiliates of the New York-based National Urban League. The Detroit Urban League has a staff of approximately 40 employees and an annual budget of over $5 million. The Detroit Urban League serves more 12,000 each month as its mission is to enable African Americans and other people of color to cultivate and exercise their fullest potential on par with all others.
From January 1994 to January 1997, N. Charles Anderson was an appointee of former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer, serving as Executive Director of the city's Department of Human Services. From May 1983 to October 1987, Mr. Anderson served on the NAACP national staff as Director of the Midwest Region III, which encompassed seven states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He has also worked in corporate America as a Sales and Marketing Representative and District Sales Manager. Anderson enjoys reading, golf and travel. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is married to Marionette, a retired Detroit schoolteacher. He is a proud father of three daughters and has nine beautiful grandchildren. He is a member of the New Grace Missionary Baptist Church, where he sings in the choir and serves on the Finance Committee.

Board, Committee and Task Force Memberships (Partial List)

Trustee - Vice Chair, Henry Ford Health System - Chair, Community Health Leadership Council
Past Board Chair - Health Alliance Plan
Member - Detroit Zoological Commission
Immediate Past Board Chair - New Center Community Mental Health Services
Member - DTE Energy Advisory Council
Former Member - Governor Granholm's Council of Economic Advisors
Trustee & Board Chair - The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
Former Vice Chair - Schools of the 21st Century
Past Chair - Henry Ford Hospital Advisory Board
Former Member - American Red Cross Board of Directors
Member - The Economic Club of Detroit
Life Member & Former Trustee - Leadership Detroit
Trustee - Michigan Non-Profit Association (MNA)
Director/Trustee - New Detroit, Inc., Member of the Executive Committee
Past Vice Chair - City Year Detroit Board of Directors
Commissioner - Detroit 300
Advisory Committee, Wayne State University Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspective Lecture Series
Founding Member - Wayne State University Organization of Black Alumni (OBA)
Past President - Wayne State University Alumni Association (1996-97)
Former Member-at-Large - Detroit Board of Education (Nov.97-Dec.98)
Founding Member - Detroit Black Human Services Administrators
Past Member - Detroit Board of Police Commissioners
Chairman - Coleman A. Young Memorial Commission (Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer's Administration)
Past President, National Urban League Association of Executives
Completed Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program -Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management

Partial list of other past board memberships include: Detroit Alliance for Fair Banking; University Cultural Center Association and City Connect Detroit.