Misha Stallworth West

March 7, 2024

As a Program Officer at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Misha Stallworth West is a driving force in enhancing the quality of life in Western New York and Southeast Michigan. Misha’s decades long commitment to advocacy is reflected in her role supporting the Foundation’s Caregivers and Young Adults & Working Families portfolios. With extensive experience in civic engagement, social justice advocacy, and youth development she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. Misha’s approach centers around systems-level change, community-driven solutions, and person-centered design.

Having managed Meals on Wheels and other older adult meal programs at the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Misha brings a long-time commitment to programs on aging. Her involvement in policy and advocacy on older adult issues showcased a broader commitment to community welfare. As the Vice Chair of the Detroit School Board and a two-time elected member since 2016, she continues to shape educational leadership and decision-making. Misha’s leadership extends to her past roles as Deputy CEO for Citizen Detroit and Director of Arts and Culture, while her accolades, including the Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence Award and the 40 Under 40 Award, highlight her impact. Misha has used her platform to champion inclusivity and community support through events such as the Detroit Policy Conference and Crain’s Communications Homecoming.

Misha holds a BA in Research Psychology from the University of Chicago and a MSW in Community Organizing and Social Systems from the University of Michigan. She eagerly awaits what the future holds for the communities she serves, and the family she adores spending time with in her fourth generation Detroit home.