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Fund Announces Personnel Moves

CLEVELAND--Aug. 9, 2010--The Fund for Our Economic Future announced two new staff members and the appointment of current staff members Chris Thompson and Ashley Basile to the newly created position of director of funder and regional engagement and finance and operations associate, respectively.

Joining the Fund are Bethia Burke, manager of emerging initiatives, and Colette Taylor, support coordinator.

In announcing these new positions, Fund President Brad Whitehead said the Fund aims to help build the region’s capacity to sustain economic revitalization over the long term through its support of Advance Northeast Ohio, the region’s economic competitiveness agenda.

“As the strategies and initiatives of Advance Northeast Ohio take hold throughout the region, the Fund can best support the agenda by continuing to help align and focus philanthropy and other stakeholders in Northeast Ohio around the agenda’s priorities. These additions and personnel moves will better enable us to do that,” said Whitehead.

As director of funder and regional engagement, Thompson will work with fund members, partners and other regional stakeholders to broaden and deepen support for Advance Northeast Ohio, the region’s economic competitiveness agenda. He has served as director of marketing, communications and civic outreach for the Fund since February 2007 and will continue to oversee the Fund’s communications and marketing efforts.

In her position as manager of emerging initiatives, Burke will develop and nurture a portfolio of regional projects consistent with the Fund’s mission and for which the Fund is uniquely positioned to play a convening or leadership role until an initiative is functioning as part of another entity or on its own. Among these initiatives are the Social Innovation Fund grant and the Federal Sustainable Regional Communities Planning Grant project. Burke, who holds a masters degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, joins the Fund from TASC, Inc (formerly Northrop Grumman, TASC) where she was manager, cost and risk analysis and PIMCID program manager. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Burke will be relocating from Washington, D.C.

Taylor will handle administrative and operational duties including facilitating and scheduling meetings, assisting with fundraising and community outreach activities, and managing records and financials for the organization. A resident of Lorain County, Taylor’s  recent positions include serving as program manager for Entrepreneur’s Edge, an organization that enhances economic development in the region through innovation and entrepreneurship, and as membership director with the Northeast Ohio Software Association which is now the COSE Technology Network.

As finance and operations associate, Basile will focus on Action Team operations and Fund operations and finance activities. She will serve as primary staff liaison to two of the Fund’s five Action Area Teams, with responsibilities that include establishing due diligence review timelines and collaborating with the Fund’s manager of finance and operations to implement the Fund’s operations, finance and administration objectives. Prior to joining the Fund in 2009 as a fellow, Basile was a research assistant for the Ohio Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) in Youngstown. Basile holds a masters in business administration from Youngstown State University.