Ken Toll | President & CEO, United Way of Jackson County
Ken Toll joined the United Way of Jackson County staff in 2000, left in 2004 to lead the Development Department and Foundation of Jackson College, and returned as President & CEO of United Way in 2006.
His focus on collaboration and innovation has led to several significant developments, including Central Michigan 2-1-1, Drug Free Jackson, the United Way Campus, and the JobSTAR Business Resource Network. Most recently, he and his team developed a utility assistance program which provides low-income households across the state with access to financial support and programs to build financial stability. Ken also works to bring the benefits of technology to bear on human services; he served on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Board that guided development of the award-winning MI Bridges platform, was a founding member of the National 2-1-1 Leadership Group, and co-led the workgroup that developed the Jackson CARE Hub screening and referral tool.
A native of Jackson and proud Viking, Ken graduated from Kalamazoo College and spent time in Maine, Chicago and the Washington DC area before returning to Jackson to marry and raise his family. Working for Greenpeace, the state Special Needs Adoption Exchange, and a substance abuse treatment provider helped prepare Ken for the diverse challenges of leading a local United Way. While at Jackson College, Ken initiated two million-dollar endowed chairs, believed to be the first two ever developed at the community college level.
Ken is an appreciative husband to his wife Betty, with whom he raised three fantastic children. Jane works as a health educator for MSU Extension, Grace is pursuing an editorial career in Chicago, and Max will soon finish his Bachelor’s degree at MSU with a focus on environmental conversation. He is especially proud of the United Way’s commitment to justice and diversity, and its growing efforts to ensure that United Way’s work builds equity and opportunity throughout this community.