The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance works to dismantle barriers to ensure people of all ethnic backgrounds have equal access and opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community.
Influenced by national dialogue and research on racial equity, LEDA forms a bridge between formal and informal leaders and individuals throughout our community and region. This model establishes credibility, expertise, and accountability; increases visibility and awareness; and fosters defined, sustainable initiatives and outcomes.
In 1996, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance was founded by ordinary individuals. Bonded together by the desire to create an inclusive and welcoming community for all, the ordinary turned into the extraordinary when they dedicated themselves to dismantling barriers.
Today, LEDA represents a broad cross-section of interests and cultures. Volunteers and LEDA staff work on initiatives throughout the region, alongside stakeholders from all members and segments of our community (nonprofit, education, religious, philanthropic, business, and government), engaged in moving forward a vision of racial equity.
Board of Directors
Francisco Ramirez, M.Ed.
Grand Rapids Community College
Muskegon Director of Public Safety (Ret.)
Grand Valley State University
The CEO Advisory Council, comprised of chief executives and community leaders, helps establish leadership consensus regarding key priorities, action strategies and performance measures that will have the greatest impact on achieving community and organization cultures that are genuinely welcoming and inclusive to all.
James W.F. Brooks, Council Chair
Managing Partner, Brooks Capital Management
President/CEO, Haworth, Inc.
Chairman, Bradford Paper Company
Chairman, Metal Flow Corp.
Owner, Milagro Six, Inc.
CEO, Primera Plastics
Partner, Investment Property Associates
President/CEO, Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
Thomas Haas, Ph.D
President Emeritus, Grand Valley State University
Partner, Varnum Law
President/CEO, JSJ Corporation
Dorothy A. Johnson
President Emeritus, Council of Michigan Foundations
President, Frey Foundation
Diversity Partner, Warner, Norcross & Judd
Dale Nesbary, Ph.D
President, Muskegon Community College
President, Louis Padnos Iron & Metal
Richard J. Pappas, Ed.D
President, Davenport University
President/CEO, Holland Hospital
Alan G. Vanderberg
County Administrator, Ottawa County
President/CEO, Herman Miller