President & CEO
Melanca Clark joined the Hudson-Webber Foundation in August 2016. As President, she oversees the overall operation, grant making and administration of the Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Melanca served the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as Chief of Staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office), a grant-making component of the DOJ.
Throughout her career, Melanca has demonstrated innovative and collaborative leadership while striving to build strong communities through a justice lens. At COPS, she devised creative funding strategies and partnerships to advance community policing and police reform. At DOJ’s Access to Justice initiative, she developed and implemented the office’s strategy for increasing legal counsel for homeowners facing foreclosure, working with HUD’s International and Philanthropic Affairs Office to engage a group of foundations around opportunities for philanthropic support. As a Senior Policy Advisor with the White House Domestic Policy Council, she convened foundations and key stakeholders to enlist support for and communicate President Obama’s priorities with respect to enhancing fairness in the criminal and juvenile system, strategically aligning philanthropic and private sector investments.
Prior to serving in senior positions in the Obama Administration, Melanca served as Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice and NYU School of Law, John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the Gibbons Law firm, and as a Skadden Fellow and Assistant Counsel with the Economic Justice Group of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., U.S. District Court New Jersey; adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, and a litigation associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Also a true lover of the arts, Melanca appreciates the transformational impact that arts and the art community can bring to revitalizing neighborhoods. Her father, Ed Clark, is an abstract expressionist painter with ties to Detroit. Melanca earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, and her undergraduate degree from Brown University, Providence, RI. She resides in Detroit with her husband and children.
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Julie Ermler joined the Hudson-Webber Foundation in 2008. She is responsible for the Foundation’s financial operations and administrative systems including accounting, investments, human resources, information technology, and facilities management.
Prior to joining Hudson-Webber Foundation, Julie worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Detroit. The clients she worked on included various for profit and not-for-profit organizations. She left public accounting and commenced work in the private foundation industry by accepting a job as an accounting manager at The Skillman Foundation. She enjoys working in the private foundation industry because she is able to use her technical skills in an environment that improves the lives of people in the Detroit area.
Ermler is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class XXXII. She is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wayne State University and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance.
Keegan Mahoney joined the Hudson-Webber Foundation in 2013 and manages the Foundation’s grant making in the areas of Physical Revitalization, Economic Development, Safe Community, and Arts & Culture. Mahoney approaches his work with a passion for places that support healthy lifestyles, strong social relationships, and access to economic opportunity. Prior to joining the Hudson-Webber Foundation, Keegan served as Grants Director for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan where he helped build capacity of efforts to reduce hunger, improve school readiness and graduation rates, and increase financial stability of low-income families. Prior to that he was the Housing Development Director at the Greater Corktown Development Corporation where he managed planning, predevelopment, financing and sales of affordable housing development projects. His favorite activity was handing over house keys to proud new homeowners.
Mahoney was honored to be a part of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program in 2013-15. He has an M.B.A. from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Keegan and his wife Mollie rehabbed a vacant house in Detroit’s historic West Village neighborhood where they are raising their young daughter.
Judy Lynne Myers, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
Stephanie Armes, Grants Manager
Susan Peters, Finance Associate
Tamia Willis, Student Intern – Detroit Cristo Rey High School