James Vella is President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. In this role, he leads all philanthropic and community service-related activities, including coordination of volunteer efforts by Ford employees and all activities of Ford Motor Company Fund, a separate philanthropic organization funded by Ford Motor Company. Prior to assuming this role in December 2006, Mr. Vella served as Ford Motor Company's Chief of Staff, and prior to that, as Vice President, Public Affairs. He previously served as Visiting University Professor at the University of Michigan Dearborn. He also worked in television news at local affiliate stations for 14 years. His television career included news management assignments at WJBK-TV in Detroit, KNSD-TV (formerly KCST-TV) in San Diego, and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. He is Chairman of the Board of United Way for Southeast Michigan and serves on the board of HAP and Corporate Board of Advisors at National Council Of La Raza, Inc. Mr. Vella resides in Deerborn, MI.