Profiles in Commitment
To date, nine individuals have served as the top staff leader of the Cleveland Foundation. The first seven held the title of director. The eighth was named executive director and, starting in 2000, given the additional title of president. The present holder of the position is president and chief executive officer.
Interestingly, only three of the persons appointed to lead the Cleveland Foundation had previous experience with philanthropy. Several came to the job from careers in the social services. Others had worked in communications, academia or business. Their tenures at the foundation have varied from one year to one-quarter of a century.
But no matter their backgrounds or the length of their administrations, the chief executive officers of the Cleveland Foundation have had one thing in common: their deep commitment to advancing the foundation’s mission of enhancing the “lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by working together with our donors to build community endowment, address needs through grantmaking, and provide leadership on key community issues.”