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Chris Perry named Executive Director of Jamie Daniels Foundation

chris perry of the jamie daniels foundation
chris perry executive director for jamie daniels foundation

DETROIT, May 10, 2021 – The Jamie Daniels Foundation, an initiative of The Children’s Foundation, announced today that Chris Perry has joined the organization as executive director.

Perry was most recently with United Way for Southeastern Michigan where he served in a variety of C-suite positions. Prior to shifting to the non-profit sector Perry worked in automotive, first with Isuzu and Hyundai in California, and then General Motors in Michigan.

“Chris’s experience with several key organizations in the community will bring great value to the Jamie Daniels Foundation efforts,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of The Children’s Foundation.

In this role, Chris will work in conjunction with the Jamie Daniels Foundation co-founders Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman and the Board of Trustees on the development and execution of strategic partnerships, as well as maintaining responsibility for the organization’s philanthropic efforts.

“I’m honored to be appointed the first executive director of the Jamie Daniels Foundation and I look forward to building on the momentum that has already been established” Perry said.

Perry currently serves as an advisory board member for Samaritan’s Feet International, has previously served as a board member for United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the GM Foundation, is the former board chair of Beyond Basics, former governor of Opportunity International and has served as a member of the JDRF Marketing Committee.


About the Jamie Daniels Foundation

In 2018, Ken Daniels and Lisa Daniels-Goldman established the Jamie Daniels Foundation in memory of their late son, Jamie, who died from an overdose at the age of 23 while receiving treatment for a Substance Use Disorder. Despite the support of his family, Jamie’s life was tragically lost due to substandard care and the predatory practices that exist in the billion-dollar substance use recovery business. Their hope is to save others’ lives by providing education, resources, guidance and support to those struggling with substance use or know someone who is. The Children’s Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of children and families. With an area of focus on mental health, The Children’s Foundation is collaborating with the Jamie Daniels Foundation to lead children and families on a path to a happier, healthier future.  Learn more at

About The Children’s Foundation

The Children’s Foundation is a premier foundation focused on the health and well-being of the children of Michigan and their families by working in collaboration with other organizations in the community.  By listening to community needs The Foundation responds by mobilizing and enhancing resources through innovative partnerships and funding models. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 70 million dollars in grant funding to more than 120 partners throughout the state. Current initiatives of The Children’s Foundation include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Jamie Daniels Foundation, First Tee- Greater Detroit and the Paul W. Smith Charities. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at


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