Leadership Team

August Napoli

Augie Napoli joined United Way of Greater Cleveland as President and Chief Executive Officer in June, 2016.

Prior to joining United Way, Mr. Napoli served from 2010-2016 as Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer of the Cleveland Museum of Art where he oversaw the Campaign to raise $320 million in support of the historic renovation and new construction of its University Circle facility and lead the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Mr. Napoli has forty years of nonprofit executive experience in the northeast Ohio region. He led institutional advancement activities at several universities including Baldwin Wallace University and served as Vice President for University Relations and Development at Cleveland State University, and as Executive Director of the Foundation at Cleveland State University.

Mr. Napoli was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Diocesan Foundation, a faith-based community foundation which was established to provide philanthropic leadership and education and supported the education and charitable work of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Prior to that he served as the President and CEO of the Catholic Charities Corp. of the Diocese of Cleveland.

Mr. Napoli was the Vice Chairman in the Division of Institutional Relations and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he was responsible for planning and executing the Campaign for the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center (now the Arnold and Sydell Miller Family Cardiovascular Institute), which raised over $300M for the largest single-purpose medical facility in the world.

In 2006, Mr. Napoli became the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Summa Foundation. During his nearly four years in this position, he was instrumental in expanding public and private sector support for the health system; leading the transformation of the Foundation as it changed its focus from one of stewardship to both grant seeking and grant making; and representing Summa in developing numerous community and regional collaborative efforts, such as the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.

Mr. Napoli is a graduate of Franciscan University and has served as adjunct faculty for Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He is immediate past President of AMDA (Art Museum Development Association) 2014-15 and is currently affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations including the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs; the City Club of Cleveland, DigitalC, as well as The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

Mr. Napoli is married to Joan Katz Napoli, Director of Education and Community Programs for The Cleveland Orchestra. Their son, Gabriel, is a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Helen Forbes Fields

Helen Forbes Fields joined United Way of Greater Cleveland as Vice President of Community Impact and General Counsel on October 17, 2016. Ms. Forbes Fields will oversee United Way’s program investments and the Community Impact agenda, which is currently being evaluated through a community needs assessment. Her position requires building and maintaining relationships with external partners such as agencies, organizations, volunteers and donors to make a measureable difference in the quality of life for those in the Greater Cleveland community. Ms. Forbes Fields will also advise on legal matters and initiatives.

Prior to joining United Way, Ms. Forbes Fields was a Partner at Forbes, Fields & Associates Co. LPA where she was active in the firm’s public law and municipal finance practice. Ms. Forbes Fields has been involved in various public and privately placed issuance of revenue bonds and general obligation bonds for the State of Ohio and its political subdivisions, the Board of Education of the City of Cleveland School District, Ohio and other cities and counties in the United States. She has served as Law Director to the City of East Cleveland, Ohio in 1997 and 2005. While serving as Law Director, Ms. Forbes Fields represented the City in matters regarding issuing legal opinions, preparing or approving all contracts, ordinances and resolutions. She also represented the City while negotiating collective bargaining agreements and defended the City successfully on various Unfair Labor Practice claims. While at Forbes, Fields her concentration was in the area of litigation including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and labor law.

Ms. Forbes Fields has previously served on United Way’s Community Impact Committee and currently serves on boards for Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children board of trustees, among others. Forbes Fields received a B.A. in political science from Spelman College and law degree from Howard University School of Law.

Ms. Forbes Fields graduated Cum Laude in 1981 from Spelman College with a B.A. degree in Political Science and received her J.D. in 1984 from Howard University School of Law. She also attended Loyola University Summer Law School, Rome, Italy, in 1983.

Ms. Forbes Fields has been admitted to practice before the Ohio Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals in the Sixth Circuit. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, where she serves on the Bar Admissions Committee. Ms. Forbes Fields has been profiled in several magazine publications for her community and civic interests. She is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland, Class of 1994. She has served as Member of the Transition Committee for Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive. She has served on several boards throughout the City of Cleveland, including Karamu House, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland Zoological Society, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Scholarship Program, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Allocations Panel Member of United Way and the Cleveland Arts Prize. Currently, she serves as a Trustee for the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cuyahoga Community College and the Advisory Committee for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is a Governor appointee to the City of East Cleveland Financial Planning and Supervision Commission. Ms. Forbes Fields is married to Darrell A. Fields and they have two sons and one daughter, William, Camille and Brandon.

Michael Headen

Michael Headen is United Way’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the financial oversight of over $40 million in local financial resources annually. He also manages the Pledge Accounting staff who are responsible for the audit of United Way’s annual campaign as well as United Way’s operations staff. As a member of the senior management team, he has been an integral part of strategies aimed at helping to solve problems in our community.

A lifelong Clevelander and graduate of Cleveland State University, Mr. Headen’s accomplishments include being the 2008 winner of the Nonprofit CFO of the Year for Crain’s Cleveland Business. He was also a prior member of Crain’s Cleveland Business and Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 40 under 40 for young professionals who have made significant accomplishments in their careers and community. He is past Board Chair and President of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF) during which time the organization’s fundraising efforts were the highest in its history. He has also served on a Financial Oversight Committee for Cuyahoga County. Mr. Headen is presently leading the Capital Campaign and Growth and Expansion Committee for Imani Church, the church he attends.

Dan Monsoor

Daniel Mansoor joined United Way of Greater Cleveland as Vice President, Resource Development and Chief Philanthropy Officer in October 2016. Mr. Mansoor comes to United Way with 30 years experience in philanthropy and fundraising. He began his development career at Cornell University, where he earned a B.S. in engineering and an MBA, and advanced to serve as senior vice president at Brandeis University. In 1995, Mr. Mansoor founded GoodWorks Group, a nonprofit consultancy and philanthropy advisory firm for national and international clients.

In 2000, Mr. Mansoor guided the founding of a community foundation in Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY), now with assets over $15 million. He was appointed chair of the planning committee for the 2004 Family Foundation Conference of the Council on Foundations held in New York City. Mr. Mansoor serves as adjunct faculty at the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University, teaching the graduate fundraising and philanthropy course. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, he moved to Cleveland with his family in 2006.

As Vice President, Resource Development and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Mr. Mansoor joins United Way as its leadership is redefining, reorganizing and repositioning the 103-year-old organization in the community. He will lead all fundraising and stewardship initiatives and guide United Way through a comprehensive development and technology assessment, while adding the organization’s Community Engagement and Marketing divisions to his overall purview.

Sylvia Pérez

  • Sylvia Pérez
  • Vice President of Strategic Programs and Knowledge

Sylvia Pérez will join United Way on January 3, 2017 as Vice President of Strategic Programs and Knowledge. Pérez will lead United Way’s public policy, CMSD wraparound and knowledge/data initiatives. She will also oversee United Way 2-1-1, a 24/7 free and confidential health and human service helpline. Her role will leverage the knowledge emerging from the organization’s work to enhance external impact and internal performance, and identify opportunities for strategic grantmaking.

Prior to joining United Way, Ms. Pérez was with the Cleveland Foundation as Vice President of Corporate Governance and Governmental and International Affairs. In this role, Ms. Pérez was responsible for steering and ensuring delivery of foundation objectives pertaining to corporate governance, select local and national initiatives, and public policy and international priorities. She served as the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO, corporate secretary of the foundation, and the key liaison to the Board of Directors. As a member of the six-person executive committee, she helped set strategic priorities and policies pertaining to all other areas of the foundation.

Ms. Pérez’s background is in international and national community development, and nonprofit management. She was a National Urban Fellow and Atlas Service Corps Fellow, in Cleveland, OH, and Bogotá, Colombia respectively. Previous positions include serving as the Development Manager for Give to Colombia and the Contracts Manager for Living Cities, Inc.

Ms. Pérez holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Sociology from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. She is Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine and the Board of Directors of Esperanza. She is also a member of Independent Sector’s board policy committee, Council on Foundation’s board policy committee, Philanthropy Ohio’s board policy committee, and the Advisory Board of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Commission on Economic Inclusion. She is a proud member of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

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