August A. Napoli Jr. named President of Cleveland United Way
Veteran nonprofit executive and fundraiser to lead human services organization
Marc Byrnes, chairman of the board
Kendra Wheeler-Davis, media relations manager
Cleveland (May 3, 2016) August A. Napoli Jr., who has spent years as an executive and fundraising leader at many of Cleveland’s leading nonprofit institutions, is United Way of Greater Cleveland’s new president and CEO.
“We are thrilled to have Augie as our new leader,” said United Way Board of Directors Chairman Marc S. Byrnes. “Augie brings years of successful nonprofit leadership and fundraising experience to United Way. We have all witnessed the results of his work at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He helped make that Cleveland gem shine brightly. Now, we will have the pleasure and privilege of working side-by-side with him as he takes the helm of one of Cleveland’s most significant institutions.”
Napoli, who for the past six years has served as the Cleveland Museum of Art’s deputy director and chief advancement officer, said he was ready for the new challenge.
“United Way of Greater Cleveland is the premier social services organization in Northeast Ohio,” Napoli said. “I have invested 40 years of my life in this community, and have been blessed in my career to work for many vital and important nonprofit organizations. Now, the community has asked me to step up. I am honored and humbled, and I simply can’t pass this up.”
Napoli joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2010 after working as president and chief operating officer at Summa Foundation in Akron. Prior to that, Napoli was vice chairman in the Division of Institutional Relations and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
He was also the founding president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Charities Corporation of the Diocese of Cleveland and vice president for university relations and development and executive director of the Cleveland State University Foundation.
A native of New Kensington, Pa., Napoli earned a bachelor’s degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
Byrnes also noted that, while welcoming Napoli, “we must say a bittersweet goodbye to Simon Bisson, who has been with us in key roles since 2013.” Bisson was United Way’s vice president for resource development before stepping into the role of interim president in February. He is leaving United Way to assume the position of vice president of development for Institutional Relations and Development at University Hospitals.
“Simon’s familiarity with United Way and steady hand have been crucial during his time as our interim president,” Byrnes said. “We’re very glad that he will be staying in Cleveland with such an outstanding institution and wish him our very best.”
Meanwhile, United Way’s new president said he is eager to get started.
“I wasn’t born here, but I am 100 percent a Clevelander,” Napoli said. “I want our organization to be a true reflection of this community because United Way of Greater Cleveland is simply the means to an end. This is not about United Way; it’s about the people United Way serves. Every human being has the ability to be a philanthropist, whether it’s about giving time, talent or treasure. We want United Way of Greater Cleveland to be the agent for activating that philanthropic spirit.”