David Egner

Executive Director of the New Economy of Southeast Michigan

David Egner has led the Hudson-Webber Foundation as its President & CEO since 1997. In addition to his work with the Foundation, Egner also serves as executive director of the New Economy Initiative (NEI), a $100 million philanthropic partnership dedicated to accelerate the transition of southeast Michigan to a more innovation-based economy.

Egner has more than 25 years’ experience working with nonprofits and foundations, from his early years as an executive assistant to the chairman at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek to guiding the Michigan Nonprofit Association, a Lansing-based coalition, through its development and mergers.

He serves on the boards of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Invest Detroit, and TechTown among many others and is Chairman of the Michigan Future board of directors and leadership council. Egner is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class XIX and chaired the Leadership Detroit Trustees from 2009 to 2010. Egner is a Governor’s appointee to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and in 2009 he was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmakers of the Year for his work with both the Hudson-Webber Foundation and NEI.

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