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Michael D. MurphyMarketing & Communications
Chief Marketing Officer
Marketing & Communications Coordinator: Melissa Huber 216.615.7140
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 AshbyMarketing & Communications
Media Relations Officer
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.
Jackie FitchMarketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications Officer
Jackie Fitch supports external and internal communications by helping plan and execute comprehensive content marketing with a focus on digital media and social media properties. She crafts content that articulates our grantmaking priorities and initiatives and helps tell stories that celebrate the work of our nonprofit partners and the generosity of our donors.
A native Clevelander, Jackie brings more than 15 years of editing and marketing experience to the foundation. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University where she helped manage the school’s strategic communications and oversaw digital content and website maintenance.
Jackie earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a double major in journalism and history, and she went on to earn her Master of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Prior to her work with the engineering school, Jackie worked on university publications across multiple schools at Case Western Reserve as an Editor for University Marketing and Communications.
Emily Foote-HuthMarketing & Communications
Executive Communications Officer
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 as Executive Communications officer, Emily serves as the primary creator of written content on behalf of the Cleveland Foundation, including the writing and editing of executive speeches and talking points as well as content for print, online, and other media. 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 ThompsonMarketing & Communications
Senior Marketing & Community Engagement Officer
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.
Melissa HuberMarketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Melissa Huber joined the Cleveland Foundation in March 2019. She provides administrative and special event support for the Marketing & Communications team.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Melissa worked in development at Cleveland Public Theatre and in marketing at American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), Cleveland Play House, and the Almeida Theatre (London). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Denison University and a master’s degree in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck, University of London.
Jennifer L. TrivelliMarketing & Communications
Director, Content Marketing
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, Finance and Program teams.
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 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.
Nicole YappMarketing & Communications
Common Ground Fellow
216.615.7150 | Email Nicole
Nicole Yapp joined the foundation in September 2018 as a 2018-2019 Public Service Fellow. She now serves as the Common Ground Fellow. In this role, she co-manages the foundation's Common Ground initiative—a regional day of community conversation designed to foster meaningful connections between residents and catalyze improvements to Northeast Ohio.
She is a former project coordinator for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program's Mississippi Freedom Project, an award winning oral history collection that centers on civil rights activism and organizing in the Mississippi Delta. As project coordinator, she managed the collection and organized and lead the annual Mississippi Freedom Project fieldwork research trip. Nicole graduated from the University of Florida Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in History, African American Studies and International Studies.