Jeannine Gant, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, stepped down from her role in late May.
Gant, a non-profit executive leader with national and local experience, has successfully led the organization for seven years. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) was formed in 1974 with the merger of five local BBBS organizations from throughout the Metro Detroit area. BBBS is one of the largest one-to-one, community based mentoring organizations in metro Detroit.
The BBBS board selected a search firm, The Hunter Group, to oversee the process of hiring a new CEO. The board is expected to make an announcement in the near future. Additionally, Jennifer Spitler, Executive Director of BBBS Washtenaw County, is working with Gant to help with the transition and onboarding of the new president and CEO. Gant has focused on key projects in preparation for the new CEO, including board governance, state funding and strategic planning. The organization recently received a planning grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Foundation to develop a scalable therapeutic mentoring model to support youth behavioral health.
“I am proud that we have touched the lives of thousands of children and youth,” Gant noted. “It is not easy to walk away from an organization whose mission is so important not only to me, but the youth, families and communities we serve. I made this decision knowing our organization is poised for growth, that our program team is strong and ready to fill in service gaps for vulnerable youth, our administrative systems are in place and we are positioned to continue securing new sources of revenue. We have strong, committed leadership with our board and national office.”
As she leaves BBBS, Gant will work in leadership development and corporate service learning, with a focus on diversity, inclusion and belonging. She also plans to use her 33 years of non-profit experience to help young, purpose-driven leaders navigate their vision of making a difference in the world. Last year she was appointed to the Michigan Governor’s Task Force for Juvenile Justice reform, where she will continue to serve.
“We appreciate Jeannine’s passion, talent and leadership,” BBBS Board Chair Kathie Patterson said. “She has well positioned our organization for continued future growth. She leaves a great legacy. She will work closely with our board and new CEO to continue our growth in the coming years.”