J. Michael Carr is the founder and president emeritus of Fathers for the Future. A native of Chicago, J. Michael grew up on the city’s south side and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Roosevelt University. He has been a financial analyst for the Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union; the Controller at Gustafson/Shields, an advertising agency; Business Manager of Enrollment at DePaul University; grant manager of at Rotary International; and a field auditor at American National Bank and recently served as the Interim Director of Finance and Administration of Alternatives, Inc., a major nonprofit serving Chicago’s at-risk youth.
In 2002, J. Michael was diagnosed with a stage 2 cancer. After the disease went into remission, he felt the need to contribute something of significance to his community and founded Fathers for the Future. In 2008, he had a second setback when he contracted another life-threatening illness. He spent nine days in a coma, three months in the hospital, and the next 18 months learning to eat and walk again. He has fully recovered from both diseases and is even more determined to support other fathers facing challenging circumstances.
J. Michael has a long history of community service and leadership. From 2002-2003, he served as treasurer for the Southeast Rotary Club of Chicago, which was the first African American Rotary Club in the United States. In 2007, J. Michael received the Donald Peterson Foundation Father of the Year award. Recently, J. Michael was chosen to be a cancer mentor for the Imerman Angels. J. Michael has been honored with the 2014 ComEd Power of One “Neighborhood Hero” award for their Black History Month campaign. J. Michael received the 2014 Community Activist of the Year award from the Daughters of Divine Love congregation for his work with marginalized fathers. Finally, Mr. Carr is a member of the Pathfinders Toastmasters Club in the Hyde Park community of Chicago, Illinois.
Family and faith are central priorities in J. Michael’s life. He is a member of St. Philip Neri Church, and he and his wife, Kyra, live in Chicago’s South Shore community with their three children.
Board of Directors
Darryl Arrington, Board President
Fr. Larry Dowling, Vice President
Priest, St. Agatha’s Catholic Church
Paul Vogel, Treasurer
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Broad Acre City Advisors