In September 2013, John Carmichael became the second Chief Executive Officer of NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology (“NewBridge”). John is responsible for expanding NewBridge’s influence in Northeast Ohio and nationally and leading NewBridge’s efforts to provide state-of-the-art, after-school arts programming to urban high school students and market-driven, vocational job training for unemployed and underemployed adults.
John spent most of his professional career at one of the country’s top 20 banks, M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY where he was Vice President for Community Outreach. John played a number of critical roles during his 20-year tenure with the Bank, including leadership of a unique private-public partnership with the Westminster Community Charter School and the Buffalo Public School District. He served as Westminster’s CEO and led its transformation from being among the lowest to one of the highest-performing schools in Buffalo while also creating a financially self-sustaining, stand-alone school.
As Director of the Westminster and M&T Bank Charitable Foundations, he was also responsible for heading the Bank’s largest charitable initiatives to support urban education and communities and families in need.
John was also instrumental in obtaining a $12 million Federal Promise Neighborhood grant to significantly benefit children from cradle to college and their families and acted as the Chief Operating Officer for the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood not only received the highest score awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, but also was one of only five communities selected from among 350 applicants from across the country.
John attended Cornell University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French and Spanish and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Management.