Kevin Peterson is the program coordinator for learning services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Mich. Kevin joined the Johnson Center in 2015 and held various roles within the organization before transitioning to his current position in 2017. As program coordinator, he helps manage and deliver the nonprofit and grantmaker capacity-building efforts of the Johnson Center. In particular, feel free to reach out about all things related to nonprofits, the Nonprofit Board Self-Assessment, and LearnPhilanthropy.
A graduate of GVSU, Kevin holds a B.A. in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis on Community Development Planning, as well as minors in Legal Studies and Urban & Regional Planning. Kevin is currently continuing his studies within the Master of Public Administration program at GVSU with a concentration in Nonprofit Management & Leadership.
Kevin is an avid volunteer and active community member, having served on the successful capital campaign committee for his hometown’s new library and two terms on the Terry McAdam Book Award Committee with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. In 2018, he joined the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids board of directors as the Educational Programming Chair, where he curated free monthly professional development opportunities for emerging and experienced nonprofit professionals, and was elected as Board Co-chair for the 2020–2021 terms. Kevin served as the 2019 Chapter Support Fellow for the National Young Nonprofit Professionals Network where he provided coaching, strategic advising, and board training to the 44 chapters nationwide. He is also active in his local neighborhood association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Association for Talent Development. Beyond this, Kevin is passionate on issues relating to housing, civil rights, the environment, and coffee.
Make note, Kevin is here to do two things: chew bubble gum and assist you and your organization in affecting meaningful change within your community… and he’s all out of bubble gum.