KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Urban Alliance, Inc. has appointed Chris Pompey to the role of Interim Executive Director.
Pompey formerly served as the nonprofit’s Director of Prevention prior to replacing Luke Kujacznski, who served as Executive Director for six years before leaving the organization in May.
“Urban Alliance is very disappointed to say good-bye to Luke,” Pompey said. “He impactfully led our team and leaves behind large shoes to fill. I am excited to guide Urban Alliance as we continue to forge ahead in a progressive direction and positively impact those we serve in the community.
“We have made great strides recently despite the challenges of the pandemic, but there is always work to be done in creating a safe and healthy Kalamazoo,” Pompey added. “There are lots of folks hurting right now and the need for intervention is greater than ever.”
Originally from Baltimore, Md., Pompey joined the organization in 2018, bringing many years of nonprofit experience as well as an extensive education focused on Psychology with concentrations in addictions.
“Chris has always been a valued asset to Urban Alliance,” said Scott Goodwin, Urban Alliance Director of Communications. “His presence along with his down to earth and relatable communication style resonates with folks and he’s able to connect on a meaningful level. I have no doubt he will be able to lead our team to new levels and expand the capabilities of Urban Alliance.”
Urban Alliance, Inc. was founded in 1999 with the mission of helping to break the cycle of generational poverty within Kalamazoo. The organization has since implemented a variety of community-based economic development initiatives, most recently focused on reducing homelessness, combating gun-violence, and providing support services to those suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.
The organization also runs programs aimed at cultivating relationships among local community members as an opportunity for all to gain a better understanding of the barriers and challenges that those within our urban neighborhoods are faced with.
Urban Alliance serves as a partner of Hub ONE, which along with Prevention Works, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, serves as a collaborative nonprofit effort to create a shared system of infrastructure, resources, and best practices to address the impact of
inter-generational poverty in Kalamazoo.
Located at 1009 East Stockbridge Avenue in the city’s Edison Neighborhood, last year Urban Alliance purchased the former United Methodist Church it has called home since 2015. The property is undergoing a series of renovations that will allow the organization to expand its services and offerings to the community. Once completed, Urban Alliance plans to use the building’s sanctuary to serve as versatile connection space for meetings, events, concerts, and more.