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Michael D. Murphy

Michael D. MurphyMarketing & Communications

Chief Marketing Officer

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Michael D. Murphy serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at the Cleveland Foundation, providing strategic oversight for the organization’s communications and outreach initiatives. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation in 2013, Michael served as a managing director in the corporate/financial practice at the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where he served as a senior counselor for Fortune 100 corporate and financial clients, driving strategy development and issues management, message creation, spokesperson and presentation training, and public affairs engagements. In this role, Michael launched CSR/thought leadership platforms for global clients in various sectors, including concept development, partnership procurement (including USA TODAY and the Financial Times), plan design and implementation and media execution. Michael's leadership on Telefonica's millennial campaign with the Financial Times earned recognition as one of the World's 50 Best PR Campaigns and a Gold SABRE award by The Holmes Group.   

Prior to his time at B-M, Michael was a senior vice president and partner at the international integrated communications firm Fleishman-Hillard, implementing reputational campaigns and establishing coalition and community partnerships targeting consumer, public health and HCP stakeholders on behalf of clients at the national and grassroots levels. As part of the senior team in both the Cleveland and New York office, Michael managed the agency’s global FH Out Front practice group, focused on developing engagement strategies for corporations seeking to interact with growing influence of the LGBT segment. During his tenure at Fleishman,Michael helped the cities of Cleveland + Akron land the 2014 Gay Games as the lead on the marketing and communications strategy that secured the winning bid against Boston and D.C.

An Ohio native, Michael began his career at Ketchum Public Relations in New York and Washington, D.C., where he worked in the corporate and social marketing practices, managing external and internal communications campaigns on behalf of multiple clients. Michael served as the day-to-day client counselor on the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Part D launch public awareness programs, including the coordination, involvement, and on-site support of HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and CMS Administrator Dr. Mark McClellan. He coordinated community relations, partnership procurement, and event logistics for the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking public awareness program and provided on-site counsel during the 2003 corporate reputation crisis of the New York Stock Exchange and subsequent leadership change of the Board and senior staff. 

Named one of Crain's Cleveland Business "40 under 40" in 2014, Michael is a graduate of Ohio University and is happy to be back in Cleveland.

Alan Ashby

Alan AshbyMarketing & Communications

Media Relations Officer

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Alan Ashby joined the Cleveland Foundation in April 2017 and is primarily focused on increasing awareness about the foundation’s innovative work and impact in Cleveland with the organization’s donors and grantee partners through various media channels at the local, regional and national levels. 

Alan has more than 20 years of marketing and media relations experience. Most recently, he served as an account supervisor at WhiteSpace Creative, where he managed the strategic marketing initiatives for a diverse portfolio of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Prior to WhiteSpace, Alan spent nearly five years at Kent State University as Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, overseeing the athletic department’s media relations strategy, and eight years at Cleveland State University, where he was responsible for a number of athletic media relations initiatives. 

Alan earned his bachelor of arts in history from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Jocelyn Ellis

Jocelyn EllisMarketing & Communications

Writer & Editor

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Jocelyn Ellis is a writer and editor for the Cleveland Foundation, responsible for content development and strategy, including speechwriting and special projects as well as editing and proofreading. Jocelyn joined the foundation in January 2015 with 10 years of nonprofit marketing and editorial experience at The Nature Conservancy’s Chicago, Seattle and Arlington, VA offices. She earned a Master of Zoology from Miami University and a Bachelor of Philosophy, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and conservation writing, also from Miami University. Born and raised in Columbus, she’s happy to be back in Ohio.

Emily Foote-Huth

Emily Foote-HuthMarketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

216.615.7173 |

Emily Foote-Huth joined the Cleveland Foundation in January 2016 as a Marketing & Communications Coordinator after serving as an intern with the Marketing & Communications team from June 2014 – December 2015. In her current role, Emily supports the foundation’s internal and external communications, aiding in the planning and execution of comprehensive communications for all constituencies of the foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Emily supported admissions and enrollment operations at John Carroll University and served as an intern at Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Emily holds a Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University and a bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in Spanish also from John Carroll University. 

Stephanie Hicks Thompson

Stephanie Hicks ThompsonMarketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications Officer

216.615.7148 |

Stephanie Hicks Thompson is responsible for planning and supporting multiple event and community engagement projects including the Fred Talks community conversation series, Cleveland Book Week, and the new county-wide Common Ground initiative. In this role, Stephanie works to enhance partnerships and strategic initiatives with foundation stakeholders and grantees. In addition, Stephanie provides communications strategy, design and development across multiple foundation teams.

With more than 10 years of communications experience, Stephanie previously held the position of external affairs manager for the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership, where she managed communications, development and operations in the lead-up to the 2013 implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to her health care work, Stephanie managed graphics and communications for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Stephanie earned a bachelor degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a dual major in journalism and English and went on to earn her Master of Business Administration from Ohio University.

Debra Thornsberry

Debra ThornsberryMarketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications Assistant

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Debra Thornsberry has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of administrative roles. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, she spent time at Karpinski Engineering, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and van Dijk Pace Westlake Architects (now known as Westlake Reed Leskosky).She also has worked in the medical and hospitality industries. Debra holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history from Baldwin Wallace College and an associate of applied business degree in interior design from Cuyahoga Community College. She has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Green Associate credential and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Jennifer L. Trivelli

Jennifer L. TrivelliMarketing & Communications

Senior Marketing & Communications Officer

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Jennifer L. Trivelli joined the Cleveland Foundation in October 2013 and is responsible for planning and executing comprehensive external and internal communications strategies and for providing integrated marketing support to the foundation’s Advancement team.

Jennifer previously held the position of public relations associate for Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. In this role, Jennifer served as a spokeswoman and reputation strategist for several major business lines including cardiology, oncology, surgery, emergency and trauma, women’s health and the Summa Foundation. During her time with Summa, Jennifer earned Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification in process improvement after leading a project related to scheduling ER follow-up visits for patients without a primary care physician. The team’s initiative was believed to be among the first of its kind nationally as the health care sector moves toward integrated delivery of care across a continuum of services. She is also certified in Hospital Incident Command as a public information officer and completed training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness. Prior to this role, Jennifer was the marketing & public relations coordinator for Robinson Memorial Hospital.

Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science in public relations with a minor in political science, graduating summa cum laude, also from Kent State University.