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Kareem Scales

Kareem Scales

Development Manager

Kareem Scales (he/him) is the Development Manager at MEJC where he leads all of the organizations fundraising development and donor relations. Kareem is a nationally recognized change agent and innovative Strategist with a passion for creating transformational change in underserved communities. With over 20 years of experience in leadership roles, Kareem is a proven grassroots organizer, coalition builder, and community relationship cultivator.

Previously, Kareem served as the Executive Director for the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP, where he played a pivotal role in leading civil rights advocacy, criminal and climate justice reform, grassroots organizing, and fundraising efforts. Prior to that, he worked as the Sales Technician/UAW Chair Local 2145 for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, providing valuable support to account managers in business-to-business sales, including marketing, communications, and client acquisition and retention. As the UAW Chair, Kareem acted as a liaison between union members and organizational leadership, ensuring compliance with collective bargaining agreements. He also negotiated collective bargaining agreements, handled grievances, and managed arbitrations.

In 2021, Kareem established Scales Consulting, an entrepreneurial venture specializing in offering innovative and creative solutions for businesses and nonprofits. His expertise lies in leadership coaching, facilitation, and training, providing fresh ideas and expert advice.

Kareem is an unwavering leader and skilled networker, driven by his passion for environmental and climate justice. His focus lies in capacity building and empowering underserved communities by shifting power and resources to those who live, work, and serve in these areas.

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