August 21, 2023


Jessica Tcholakov




McGhee, Most Recently of the Schultz Family Foundation, Brings Decades of Leadership in Nonprofit, Philanthropic and Government Sectors

NEW YORK—The Steve Fund (TSF), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting the mental health and well-being of young people of color, today announced that David R. McGhee is the organization’s incoming Chief Executive Officer. McGhee brings decades of leadership in nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors to his new role.  

“David is an outstanding professional whose depth and breadth of experience and record of passionate advocacy and action on behalf of children, youth, families and communities make him the right leader to guide The Steve Fund into its next phase,” said Evan Rose, President of The Steve Fund.

The Steve Fund works with young people, families, colleges and universities, mental health experts, nonprofits, researchers, and employers to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color. The organization strives to help young people transition from adolescence into higher education and then into the workforce in order to attain personal, academic, and career success and achieve their full potential. 

“I am thrilled to take the helm of The Steve Fund as it expands its reach and achieves a greater impact on the lives of young people of color. I look forward to leveraging the organization’s programs, partnerships and communications to transform growing numbers of educational, organizational and workplace environments and to deepening understanding of mental health for these young people and those who support them,” said David R. McGhee, incoming Chief Executive Officer of The Steve Fund. “Our work is critically important to the wellbeing and future success of millions of America’s adolescents and young adults. I’m proud to lead the strategy, facilitate new conversations, and work with our team to deliver innovative approaches to promote mental health, emotional wellbeing, and belonging.    

Before joining The Steve Fund, David served as Chief Strategy and Program Officer for the Schultz Family Foundation, the family philanthropy of Howard and Sheri Kersch Schultz. In this inaugural role, David directed strategies and operations for a $30 million annual grant making budget. 

Prior to his tenure at the Schultz Foundation, David held several leadership roles culminating as Vice President of Organizational Excellence and Impact at the Skillman Foundation, a private foundation focused on transforming education systems and nurturing the brilliance and power of Detroit youth. His experience also includes serving as advisor and liaison for a Congressional Representative and as Program Director for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. David has played a critical role in the local implementation of national programs and several successful community initiatives, including My Brothers Keeper Detroit and the Next Gen Accelerator Program. 

With a commitment to service, David’s current and former board and committee experience includes: Michigan College Access Network, the Governor’s Office (Michigan) of Foundation Liaison, co-chair of the Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy, Learn Fresh Education Company, ProjectArt, and Oakland University Alumni Association. Additionally, David is an adjunct professor at Oakland University (Nonprofit Management Certificate Program) and Mott Community College (Leadership Development). David earned a Bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University.  


About The Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is the nation’s leading organization focused on transforming educational, organizational, and workplace environments to enhance supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. Building knowledge and capacity among organizations serving young people is a critical element of the Steve Fund’s Mission. The Steve Fund offers an array of solutions designed to assist colleges, universities, nonprofits and workforce organizations in improving their mental health and emotional well-being support for young people of color.