Our Civic Collaborative

An equitable future is possible for all if we push boundaries, work hard, and work together. Our civic collaborative is the heart—and engine—of the Fund for Our Economic Future. Our members, funders, and staff bring dynamic expertise, leadership, and passion to the table—and together, they make us more diverse in thought, stronger in strategy, and more impactful in action.

our civic collaborative




Our Leadership

The Fund is a member-led organization. Our board includes representatives of funding member institutions and elected civic members, all of whom share equal voting power in all decision-making. Elected officers, standing committee chairs, at-large members, and large funders serve on an Executive Committee, which provides additional oversight.

*Denotes Executive Committee member

Mark Samolczyk

Stark Community Foundation

William Gary

Chair Emeritus*

Adam Briggs

1st Vice Chair*
Briggs Family Funds

Phoebe Lee

2nd Vice Chair*
Acumen Industry

Christine Mayer

GAR Foundation

Denise Griggs

Treasurer and Finance Chair*
Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Vikki Broer

Nominating & Personnel Chair*
The Weathertop Foundation

Eric Clark

Evaluation Chair*
The Bruening Foundation

Teresa LeGrair

Akron Urban League

Treye Johnson

Executive Committee*

The George Gund Foundation

Cindy Andrews

Community Foundation of Lorain County

Cathy Belk

Deaconess Foundation

Marcia Ballinger

Lorain County Community College

David Ford

Abington Foundation

Meredith Gadsby

Oberlin College

Jani Groza

Westfield Insurance Foundation

Daniel Hampu

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Trevelle Harp

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Paul Herdeg

Cuyahoga County

Karen Hooser

Reinberger Foundation

Patrick Kelly

FirstEnergy Corporation

India Pierce Lee

Cuyahoga Community College

Ricardo León

Cuyahoga Land Bank

Marcus Madison

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jim Petras

ESP Charitable Ventures. LLC

John T. Petures Jr.

Akron Community Foundation

Jennifer Roller

Raymond John Wean Foundation

Victor Ruiz

Esperanza Inc.

Bill Seelbach

The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation

Baiju Shah

Greater Cleveland Partnership

Emily Thome

Third Federal Foundation

Deryck Toles

Inspiring Minds

Tim Tramble

Saint Luke's Foundation

Marty Uhle

Community West Foundation

Our Funders

Our work is supported by funding members who contribute a minimum of $100,000 over three years. This unrestricted support gives us the space and flexibility to try new things and iterate as needed. We’re also grateful for the contributors and donors who give at smaller levels and additional funding partners who support specific aspects of our agenda.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of being a funding member? Please contact us!

Funding Members

Supporting Funders

Contributors and Donors

Our Team

The day-to-day work of executing our strategy is led by a core staff of experienced and emerging leaders with specialized expertise, with the added support of a diverse team of talented consulting partners and contract support.

Our Staff

Bethia Burke


Bishara Addison

Director of Workforce Innovation

Joan Chase

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Angelica Dandridge

Director of Board Engagement and Development

Reanna Karousis

Director, Operations

Jeffrey Weston Sleasman Senior

Director of Applied Research

Consulting Partners & Contractors

Lisa Fuentes, CPA

Contract Accounting Manager

Jill Jankowski

Senior Consultant, Communications & Content Strategy

Janine Kaiser

Workforce Funders Group facilitator

Christine Rutkowski

Contract Communications Associate