Kevin Peterson is a program coordinator for nonprofit 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 as a student employee and held various roles within the organization before transitioning to his current staff position in 2017.
A graduate of GVSU, Kevin holds a B.A. in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis on Community Development Planning, including minors in Legal Studies and Urban & Regional Planning. Kevin is currently continuing his studies within the Master of Public Administration program at GVSU with dual concentrations in Sustainable Community Development and 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. He is also a member of the Grand Rapids Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and has held numerous leadership roles in student organizations such as the GVSU Association of Fundraising Professionals Collegiate Chapter.
Throughout the course of his studies, Kevin has developed the viewpoint that vibrant communities and strong economies are the result of a healthy and thriving social sector and he actively seeks to understand how to effectively build capacity within and support nonprofit organizations. Make note, Kevin is here to do two things: chew bubble gum and assist you and your organization in affecting meaningful change within your neighborhood… and he’s all out of bubble gum.
Beyond this, Kevin is passionate on issues relating to housing, civil rights, the environment, and coffee.