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Monica Brown

Monica BrownHuman Resources

Vice President, Human Resources & Building Operations

Executive Assistant: Sharonda Kane-Jackson 216.615.7598

Monica Brown is a highly regarded and recognized human resources professional and business leader, working for the Cleveland Foundation since January 2007. In her current role as Vice President for Human Resources & Administration, Monica is a valued member of the leadership team, responsible for the ongoing, organization-wide development of human capital strategies that align with the foundation’s mission, values and strategic objectives, promoting a culture that ensures the foundation’s ability to attract, engage and retain the most talented and diverse employees.

Monica also oversees the foundation’s Administrative Services team, ensuring that programs focused on internal service, employee safety/security and business continuity are employee-focused, comprehensive and continually evaluated for effectiveness. Prior to her role at the foundation, she was the human resources leader for the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Monica earned a bachelor of science from Kent State University and a master’s degree in labor relations and human resources management from Cleveland State University. She is certified as a senior human resources professional by the HR Certification Institute. Monica was awarded the distinction of Business Leader in both the 2012 and 2016 HR Awards, sponsored and presented by the Employers Resource Council (ERC) and the Cleveland Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She was a Crain’s Cleveland Business Archer Awards honoree in 2017 and won Crain’s Excellence in HR Overall Excellence Award (nonprofit/government category) in 2020.

Being actively involved in the community is equally as important as her role within the foundation. In 2013, Monica founded the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals. This important initiative, supported by the Cleveland Foundation, Thompson Hine, LLC, and Oswald Companies, provides educational and networking opportunities for nonprofit HR professionals that focus on building the capacity of the human resources function across Northeast Ohio nonprofits. Monica is a member of the Cleveland State University President's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce and the Stand Together UChicago Equity & Access Employer Council. In addition, she is a member of the executive committee and chair for the allocation committee of the board of directors for the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation.

Danielle Hanna

Danielle HannaHuman Resources

Human Resources Manager

216.685.2039 |

Danielle Hanna has proudly served on The Cleveland Foundation’s human resources team since 2008. She was hired as the human resources generalist and promoted to her current role of human resources manager in 2011 where she is responsible for managing and administering key departmental functions and being a strategic thought partner to the vice-president, human resources and administration. Earlier, she worked in human resources and employee benefits at IMG, a global sports, fashion, and media business.

She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Baldwin Wallace University and is a certified professional in human resources. Danielle is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as well as the local Cleveland SHRM chapter. She also sits on the Steering Committee for the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals. Founded in 2010 and supported by the Cleveland Foundation, Thompson Hine, LLC, Oswald Companies and ERC, the Collaborative provides educational and networking opportunities for nonprofit HR professionals that focus on building the capacity of the human resources function across Northeast Ohio nonprofits. In 2013 Danielle received the award for Emerging Leader from the Northeast Ohio HR Awards, presented by ERC and Cleveland SHRM.

Jaelen Hollinger

Jaelen HollingerHuman Resources

Human Resources Generalist

216.685.2039 |

Jaelen joined the Cleveland Foundation in June 2017 as Human Resources Generalist after serving as an intern with the human resources team from January-May of 2017. Jaelen supports the HR team and other organizational leaders in the research, implementation and execution of human capital initiatives and programs.

Jaelen graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor of arts in human resources management and a minor in entrepreneurship from Baldwin Wallace University, where he also played varsity basketball. He was recognized at the university’s Obie Bender Multicultural Awards, which acknowledge the accomplishments of diverse students and others who advance diversity and inclusion.

Jaelen is very committed to the community in which he lives. He is a member of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s (i)Cleveland Advisory Committee and an active affiliate for The Cutting Board Academy, an organization whose mission is to impact communities by educating children and their families on the importance of food and nutrition.


Sharonda Kane-Jackson

Sharonda Kane-JacksonBuilding Operations and Guest Services, Human Resources

Executive Assistant to Human Resources and Building Operations

216.615.7598 |

Sharonda Kane-Jackson joined the Cleveland Foundation in January 2021. In her current role she provides advanced executive-level administrative, project and event support to the Human Resources and Building Operations teams.

Sharonda brings more than 20 years of administrative and project management experience in the nonprofit and education sectors to the Cleveland Foundation. Previously she has served as an assistant to the high school principal at Fuchs Mizrachi School and held the position of Office Manager at STEAM Academy. Before that she worked in similar roles for The MENTOR Network, Carrington Youth Academy and Adoption Network Cleveland.  

Sharonda earned an associate degree in applied science and business information systems from Remington College and studied technology management and human resources at DeVry University.  

In addition to her professional and academic achievements, she is passionate about community service. Sharonda is an ambassador and volunteer for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, a volunteer and mentor for SCORE Cleveland (the local chapter of a national non-profit organization that is committed to fostering and educating the small business community), and a member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

Wenzhu Sun

Wenzhu SunHuman Resources

Human Resources Generalist

216.615.7139 |

Wenzhu joined the Cleveland Foundation in September 2018 as Human Resources Coordinator. Wenzhu supports the recruiting, onboarding, training and engagement of foundation staff as well as the development and implementation of human resources programs and strategies focused on the continued enhancement of the foundation’s organizational culture.

Wenzhu earned a Bachelor of Sociology from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China; a Master of Sociology from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario; and a Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources from the Cleveland State University.