Darienne Hudson

President & CEO

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Dr. Darienne Hudson is a high-energy nonprofit executive and life-long educator serving as President and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Before joining United Way in July 2018, she spent four years as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Hudson began her career as an elementary school teacher in Detroit Public Schools, a point of personal pride. At United Way, Dr. Hudson is purposefully and intentionally developing and initiating programs to improve the lives of children and families in Southeastern Michigan. She believes strongly in the power of collective impact and in the importance of public-private partnerships as demonstrated by United Way’s coordinated community-based effort in response to the coronavirus that raised over $37 million. Dr. Hudson proudly serves on the Mayor’s Workforce Investment Board, the Detroit Children’s Fund Board, the Detroit Public Schools Foundation Board, the Educational Testing Services Board, and is on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University. Her academic achievements include a doctorate from Harvard University in Urban Superintendency, a master's degree in education from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in curriculum development from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate degree in child development is from Spelman College.