James G. Vella, Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services

TITLE: President

FOCUS AREAS: K-12 education, post-secondary education, community development, driving safety

CONTACT: (888) 313-0102

PROFILE: James (Jim) Vella is President of the Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Here is his bio on the website for HAP (a Michigan-based health insurance copmany), where Vella sits on the board:

Jim Vella is President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. In this role, he leads all philanthropic and community service-related activities, including coordination of volunteer efforts by Ford employees and all activities of Ford Motor Company Fund, a separate philanthropic organization funded by Ford Motor Company.

Prior to assuming this role in December 2006, Vella served as Ford Motor Company's Chief of Staff, and prior to that, as Vice President, Public Affairs. He previously served as Visiting University Professor at the University of Michigan Dearborn. He also worked in television news at local affiliate stations for 14 years. His television career included news management assignments at WJBK-TV in Detroit, KNSD-TV (formerly KCST-TV) in San Diego, and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from University of Detroit Mercy. He is Chairman of the Board of United Way for Southeast Michigan and serves on the boards of numerous other organizations.

Vella was appointed to the HAP Board in 2013.