JCBA Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

AKRON, OHIO – (Jan. 6, 2020) Lesley Federman Hoover will be joining the Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) as chief development officer. She will design and execute a diversified fundraising plan, including special events, major gifts, corporate sponsorships and planned giving to support philanthropic needs of the JCBA, Shaw JCC of Akron and The Lippman School, and more generally, the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Hoover brings 18 years of nonprofit fundraising expertise and a track record of increasing philanthropic support.

“We are very excited to bring Lesley on board as our first chief development officer, and truly believe she will help take our efforts to the next level,” said Todd Polikoff, president and CEO, Jewish Community Board of Akron. “Her experience and knowledge will benefit not only the agencies of the Schultz Campus, but the Greater Akron community and all of the people whom JCBA serves as well.”

Hoover most recently served as the development director for Child Guidance & Family Solutions. In that role, Hoover oversaw a comprehensive fundraising, communications and marketing program to help meet the agency’s financial goal and outreach objectives. She also previously held fundraising director-level roles at Bellefaire JCB and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (Northeast Ohio Chapter). Prior, she was an independent fundraising consultant in Chicago.

Hoover holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Culture and a Master of Public Affairs degree in Nonprofit Management, both from Indiana University Bloomington. She is a board member for Hudson Preschool Parents and a past board member of the Hudson Library & Historical Society and The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Cleveland. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Hoover resides in Hudson with her husband and their twin four-year-old daughters.

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