Staff Spotlight: Meet Steve

As a nonprofit industry transplant, Steve Edison brings his background in business and finance to round-out the West Michigan Partnership for Children team. In his role as chief financial officer and leadership team member, Steve offers a fresh perspective, positive mindset, and tenacity to implement change within the Kent County foster care system.

Continue reading to learn more about Steve:

What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role?

My role as chief financial officer is to ensure WMPC’s financial stability and oversee our contractual obligations. I have four main responsibilities:
Provide financial guidance to the WMPC team,
Contribute as a member of the leadership team,
Monitor the use of resources by the WMPC team and report results to key stakeholders, and
Lead the finance team.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?

The most rewarding part about my job is working with wonderful people to build an organization that will have monumental impact on the lives of children and families in West Michigan.

On the flip side, what is the most challenging part about your job?

The biggest challenge in this role is building and completing everything WMPC needs in order to be successful. As a start-up there are so many processes that need to be created that most long-standing organizations take for granted.

As a brand new start-up, what inspired you to want to work for WMPC?

I was initially drawn to the impact we can have on children and families in West Michigan. We get to try new innovative ways to provide care that should help children reach permanency quicker. We have the opportunity to be agents of change!

What is one thing you wish people knew about foster care?

One thing I wish people know about foster care is how big of an issue it is in Kent County and how trauma impacts not only our children and families, but also our schools, courts, and communities.

How has your position at WMPC and your experience in the nonprofit industry changed your perspective?

As a member of WMPC’s leadership team, I am learning all about the child welfare system and the services that families so desperately need. In the business community, even in family law, these issues are not discussed or addressed. We need to make our business community aware of how these issues are impacting their workforce, their organizations, and their bottom lines.

What is your hope for WMPC and the Kent County foster care system?

My hope is that with our partners, WMPC is able to deliver the services our children and families need, when they need it, and in a way that maximizes the positive outcomes for everyone involved.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WMPC will not be the cure all; this will take everyone in the foster care continuum of care working collaboratively for Kent County to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. But I have no doubts that if we stay focused on providing what is best for our children and their families, we will not just meet our goals, but will far exceed them!

To get in touch with Steve, please email: sedison@wmpc.care.

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