Philanthropy Ohio announces Deborah Aubert Thomas as new CEO

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Philanthropy Ohio announces Deborah Aubert Thomas as new CEO

COLUMBUS (August 13, 2019) – Following a comprehensive search process, Philanthropy Ohio’s Board of Trustees unanimously named Deborah Aubert Thomas to lead the organization as president & CEO. Aubert Thomas will assume her new role on August 15.

In announcing the appointment, Connie Hawk, chair of the Board of Trustees, said “Deborah has superbly served Philanthropy Ohio as its vice president for programs and learning since 2014, providing exceptional vision and oversight for the organization’s educational programs and diversity, equity and inclusion work. We warmly welcome Deborah to this new role and wish her every success.”

Aubert Thomas’s 28 years of experience in the philanthropic sector includes directing grants and programs at a community foundation and serving on the board of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. As vice president for programs and learning, she has: developed and managed workplans and budgets for the organization’s 80+ programs a year, including the annual conference; created signature programs such as Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy; and staffed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that has increased Philanthropy Ohio’s racial equity focus and engagement of members.

“I am pleased and excited to take on the leadership role at Philanthropy Ohio and thank the board for selecting me. I look forward to working with the board and staff as we chart the next chapter for how we move toward our vision of a just and equitable Ohio through impactful philanthropy,” Aubert Thomas said after her selection. 

Philanthropy Ohio is the 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. Together, its more than 200 members provide over $4 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of community residents. Philanthropy Ohio is an association of foundations, corporate giving programs, individuals and organizations actively engaged in philanthropy in Ohio. Established in 1984, Philanthropy Ohio has a staff of 11, two offices to serve its members – in Columbus and Cleveland – and a budget of $1.6 million. It is one of 40 regional philanthropy-serving organizations and is a member of the United Philanthropy Forum.


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