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United Way of Greater Cleveland appoints three new executives

Kendra Wheeler, media relations manager
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Cleveland (October 25, 2016) After joining the organization in late June, United Way of Greater Cleveland President and CEO August Napoli assessed organizational needs which has led to the appointment of Helen Forbes Fields as vice president of Community Impact and general counsel; Daniel Mansoor as vice president, Resource Development and chief philanthropy officer; and Sylvia Pérez as vice president of strategic programs and knowledge.

Forbes Fields began her role as vice president of community impact and general counsel on October 17. She 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. Forbes Fields will also advise on legal matters and initiatives.

Forbes Fields was previously a partner at Forbes, Fields & Associates Co. LPA. She has previously served on United Way’s Community Impact committee and currently serves on boards for Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Museum of Art and the board of trustees for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, among others. Forbes Fields received a B.A. in political science from Spelman College and law degree from Howard University School of Law.

Mansoor joined United Way as vice president, Resource Development and chief philanthropy officer on October 7. Mansoor has 30 years experience serving in development roles at private universities Cornell and Brandeis and as founder of nonprofit consultancy GoodWorks. Mansoor has extensive experience in many facets of fundraising including annual and major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving and corporate and foundation relations. He received both a B.S. in engineering and MBA from Cornell University.

In his new role, Mansoor will develop and manage a fundraising strategies to address changes to philanthropic giving practices, increase donor engagement, recognition and retention as well as oversee marketing communications.

Pérez will join United Way on January 3, 2017 after six years at the Cleveland Foundation. Her most recent role was vice president of corporate governance and governmental and international affairs. She was also the foundation’s chief of staff, focused on external, internal and cross-departmental strategic initiatives. She has a background in organizational leadership and management and national and international community development. Pérez was a National Urban Fellow and an Atlas Corps Fellow. Pérez received a B.A. in urban studies at Columbia University and M.P.A. from Baruch College.

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 and data emerging from the organization’s work to enhance external impact and internal performance and identify opportunities for strategic grant making.

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