Rick Garcia Picked to Be Director of Development

The Historical Society of Michigan is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Garcia as the organization’s first Director of Development. In his new role, he will provide leadership for strategic fund development initiatives such as major and planned giving programs, annual giving, donor stewardship and recognition programs, grant writing, and public relations related to development.

“We are excited that Rick Garcia will be joining our staff,” commented Larry J. Wagenaar, Executive Director of the Society. “He brings a proven track record of successful fundraising, with over two decades of advancement and non-profit leadership. That experience will help continue the exciting growth and success of the Michigan’s official state historical society.”

Prior to joining the staff at the Historical Society, Garcia was the principal and owner of NRG Solutions, a firm specializing in public relations, fundraising, and media strategies for nonprofits. He also served 19 years as an executive with United Way, on the local, state, and national levels, and accumulated six years of public relations experience in the private sector. Additionally, Garcia has been a contributing columnist on health and human services issues to several publications, including the Port Huron Times Herald and the New Citizens Press of Lansing.

He was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Hispanic/Latino of Michigan and is a board trustee for the Michigan Alliance of Latinos Moving for Advancement.

Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in information and communication studies from California State University. He will assume the Development Director role on October 16.


Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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