About Michael McKee

Michael McKee transitioned to Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in May 2013. He joined the Food Bank in 2009 as Chief Planning and Philanthropy Officer to lead the development and communications team as well as strategic planning. McKee’s experience in the not-for-profit sector spans two decades.


Previously, McKee served as executive director of the Virginia Institute of Autism, a private special education day school in Charlottesville, VA, for five years. Prior to that, he was the senior director of development for the University of Virginia Health System for nine years, where he was most recently responsible for planning the Health System’s $500 million capital campaign as well as major gift fundraising for the cardiovascular enterprise.

McKee began working in the not-for-profit sector in 1986 when he joined the Russ Reid Company’s public relations division. During his nine-year tenure at the Company, McKee transitioned to the development division, serving as counsel for a variety of faith-based, human service and education organizations. In that capacity, he conducted feasibility and planning studies, and directed capital and major gift campaigns.

While working as a development and communications consultant, McKee spoke frequently at regional and national conferences sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, and now resides with his wife and two children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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