Fund Elects New Leadership

by | Mar 16, 2018

Fund for Our Economic Future Elects New Officers, At-large Representatives, and Committee Chairs to Executive Committee

CLEVELAND–March 16, 2018–The members of the Fund for Our Economic Future (Fund), an alliance of funders dedicated to advancing economic growth and increased access to opportunity in Northeast Ohio, elected new officers, at-large representatives, and committee chairs to the Fund’s Executive Committee during its annual board meeting on March 6 at the McGregor Foundation. The Fund’s 17-person Executive Committee is comprised of elected officers, committee chairs and initiative leaders, large funders, and at-large representatives.

Fund members elected as new officers Vice Chair William Gary, executive vice president of workforce and economic development for Cuyahoga Community College, Vice Chair Anne Goodman, president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Foundation, and Secretary Adam Briggs of the Frances Shoolroy Fund. Fund members also elected Fund staff members Kevin Alin and Bethia Burke to serve as vice presidents.

Newly elected standing committee chairs include Chair, Nominating and Personnel Committee Deborah Hoover, president and CEO of the Burton. D. Morgan Foundation, Job Creation Initiative Leader Robert Jaquay, associate director of The George Gund Foundation and Job Access Initiative Leader Steve Millard, executive vice president of product, foundation, and small business initiatives for the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Marcia Ballinger, president of Lorain County Community College, Jani Groza, community investment leader for Westfield Insurance, and Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley were all elected as new at-large representatives to the Executive Committee.

Reappointments to one-year terms as officers or standing committee chairs include President Brad Whitehead, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee William LaPlace of the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust, Chair, Member Engagement and Development Committee William R. Seelbach of the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation and Chair, Evaluation and Resource Allocation Committee Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of the GAR Foundation.

The Executive Committee oversees the implementation of the Fund’s strategy and the activities of staff, while decisions around specific actions of the Fund and how resources are deployed are made by the full voting membership, those organizations and individuals who give a minimum of $100,000 over three years. There are currently 37 voting members.

The Fund’s annual meeting comes on the heels of the release of The Two Tomorrows a report that offers a sober assessment of the current state of Northeast Ohio’s economy and offers recommendations for how to move toward a more competitive and inclusive tomorrow.

About the Fund for Our Economic Future

The Fund for Our Economic Future is an alliance of funders — foundations, corporations, universities, health care systems, business and civic associations, government entities, and individuals — who pool their resources and know-how to advance economic growth and increased access to opportunity for the people of Northeast Ohio through improved job creation, job preparation and job access, an approach called Growth & Opportunity. The Fund advances its Growth & Opportunity mission by building shared community commitment, supporting high-impact collaborations and marshalling strategic funding. Since its founding in 2004, the Fund has raised more than $100 million for its efforts, which have helped retain or create more than 24,400 jobs, add nearly $1.1 billion in payroll, and attract just over $6 billion in capital to Northeast Ohio.

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Bethia Burke

Vice President

Fund for Our Economic Future