LaTrice McClendon joins Knight Foundation as program director in Detroit, bringing dynamic leadership, business acumen and a passion for community – Knight Foundation
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LaTrice McClendon joins Knight Foundation as program director in Detroit, bringing dynamic leadership, business acumen and a passion for community

LaTrice McClendon seen in a professional headshotMIAMI – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation proudly welcomes LaTrice McClendon as the program director in Detroit. Her professional expertise and passion for community betterment align perfectly with Knight’s mission of informing and engaging communities.

Throughout its history, Knight Foundation has been a dedicated advocate for Detroit’s small businesses, journalism, and arts and culture, recognizing the pivotal role of empowering communities to shape their own path. Emphasizing equity, amplifying community voices and fostering lasting and transformative change has been––and will continue to be––Knight’s focus in Detroit. 

In her new role, McClendon will support and grow a portfolio of projects that represent Detroit’s diverse culture and empower residents to shape their city into an equitable, thriving and interconnected residential and commercial community. In addition, she will identify new ways to drive impact. Her knowledge about what it takes to better neighborhoods across Detroit comes not only from decades of experience in the public and private sectors, but also from being a lifetime resident. 

“Our goal is to support Detroit and enhance its neighborhoods through strategic social investment,” said Kelly Jin, Knight vice president of Community and National Initiatives. “LaTrice’s exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to community betterment will continue to shape a brighter future for Detroit and we are thrilled to have her on our team, driving transformative change in the city she calls home.”

McClendon’s impressive track record and dedication to community-driven initiatives make her the perfect fit for this pivotal role. As she takes on the program director position, Knight Foundation is excited to witness the positive impact she will bring to Detroit and its residents. 

“Knight has been a leader in Detroit, connecting people to place, strengthening ties and trust among residents, and investing in community,” said McClendon. “It’s work I am committed to, and I’m looking forward to finding new ways to lift up neighborhoods and deliver impact.” 

LaTrice McClendon can be reached at [email protected], and she eagerly anticipates engaging with Detroiters to learn more about their vision for the city.


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