Carlos Sanchez, director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center for Ferris State University, recently joined Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He will serve a four-year term. Other changes on the Board include the appointment of Wayman Britt as Chair. Britt is Kent County’s assistant county administrator. Paul Keep, director of print for MLive Media Group is the incoming vice chair of the Board.
Since moving from Cancun, Mexico to Grand Rapids in 1998, Sanchez has played a prominent role developing the Latino business community in Grand Rapids. A graduate of Davenport University’s International Business program, Sanchez works with the Latino Business and Economic Development Center to connect with the growing Latino population and spur economic development in Grand Rapids. Previously, Sanchez served as executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids and as diversity specialist for Spectrum Health.
In addition to serving on the Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Sanchez serves on several other Boards and committees, including Dyer Ives Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Center for Community Leadership and the Downtown Improvement District Board.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation has more than $300 million in assets under its management.