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Janean Couch

Program Director

jcouch@grfoundation.org

616.454.1751 x104

Joined the Community Foundation:
2016

Inspirational Quote:

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.

Marian Wright Edelman

What Janean does:

Janean has a leadership role in our proactive grantmaking and our Fund for Community Good activities. She also plays a significant role in our resource allocation efforts that work toward racial, social and economic justice in alignment with our North Star.  

What she did before:

Janean spent nine years at Grand Valley State University as a program coordinator and career advisor. Janean is a founder and advisory board member of BL²END (Business Leaders Linked Encouraging New Directions). She was also named one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, Class of 2015. Janean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration and a Master of Education degree in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley State University.

When Janean’s not working:

Janean spends time volunteering with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also enjoys building relationships with family and friends, traveling, and shopping. 

A few of Janean's favorite things…

Nonprofit:
YWCA
Place to send out-of-towners:
Tunnel Park Beach
Place to eat or drink:
Luna
Part of her job:
Working to help change the narrative in communities of color