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Paul Kester, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Areas of Expertise 

Accounting, finance, administration, Foundation history


Paul came to Traverse City in 1992 after four years in the Coast Guard. After attending Northwestern Michigan College and receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy though Ferris State University, Paul and his wife, Shelley moved to Sacramento while Shelley attended law school. During this time, Paul worked in food and beverage management. In 2001, the couple returned to Traverse City and Paul joined the staff at the Community Foundation in 2002.

Previously, Paul served as President of a local employee’s stock investment club, Treasurer for both the Grand Traverse County Republican Party, and Cub Scout Pack 31, and as a member of the Finance Council of St. Francis Church. Paul is currently a member of the Economic Club of Traverse City. Paul and Shelley have two children.

Causes He's Passionate About

Child advocacy, animal welfare, environmental protection

Favorite Places in the Five-County Region

Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau Peninsula, Platte Lake and River, and Grass River Natural Area

Contact Paul

Phone: (231) 935-4066 ext. 103 | Email: pkester@gtrcf.org