Meet August A. Napoli Jr.

August Napoli

August A. Napoli is President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater Cleveland, the largest private funder of health and human services in the Greater Cleveland region.

Prior to joining United Way of Greater Cleveland in June 2016, 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 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, Cleveland Transformation Alliance, 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.

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