Allen to depart Philanthropy Ohio leadership post next year

Friday, December 14, 2018


COLUMBUS – Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D., has announced that she will leave her position as president and CEO of Philanthropy Ohio to become the executive director of the Barberton Community Foundation in early 2019.

During her six-year tenure, Dr. Allen successfully led the organization through its transition to a new name in 2013 (previously Ohio Grantmakers Forum) and two strategic plans, managing a $1.5 million budget and staff of 11 working in Cleveland and Columbus offices.

Robert Jaquay, associate director of The George Gund Foundation and chair of the Philanthropy Ohio Board of Trustees, applauded Allen on her leadership and accomplishments at a recent board meeting. “Suzanne has been an innovative, forward-thinking leader who is leaving the organization in a strong position, both in financial and human capital terms. We wish her the best in her new position at the Barberton Community Foundation and are sure that she will bring her years of experience, extensive knowledge of the philanthropic sector and passion for the nonprofit sector to her work there, just as she has at Philanthropy Ohio.”

The Board of Trustees announced that Claudia Y.W. Herrold, senior vice president for communications and public policy, will be the interim president & CEO after Dr. Allen’s departure. The Board has begun planning its process for conducting a search for a successor in the new year.

Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide membership association that provides the network, tools and knowledge to help people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents in their communities.

Contact: Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D., President & CEO
Phone: 614.224.1344

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