Kathleen Hallissey to Oversee Responsive Grantmaking at Cleveland Foundation

Served as program officer for foundation for two years

Release Date: 01.16.08

The Cleveland Foundation has promoted Kathleen Hallissey to director of community responsive grantmaking. In that role, Hallissey will oversee the foundation’s responsive grantmaking efforts, working with other staff members to align those efforts with the needs of the community and the foundation’s priorities.

Hallissey joined the Cleveland Foundation as a program officer in August 2005. She reviewed grant proposals in that position and worked to strengthen nonprofit organizations across Greater Cleveland.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone like Kathy Hallissey head up our community responsive grantmaking,” said Bob Eckardt, senior vice president for programs and evaluation at the Cleveland Foundation. “Her knowledge of and passion for the community make her an ideal choice for this crucial position.”

Prior to joining the foundation, Hallissey served as a Head Start Management consultant. Before that, at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, she analyzed the impact various programs and policies had on children, youth and families. She began her career in the federal government as a presidential management intern.

Hallissey has a master of public administration degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor’s degree from Drew University in New Jersey, from which she graduated cum laude.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s third-largest today, with assets of $1.9 billion and 2007 grants surpassing $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders in perpetuity by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Currently the foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs: economic transformation (including advanced energy and globalization), public school improvement, early childhood and youth development, neighborhoods and housing, and arts advancement. For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit ClevelandFoundation.org.