Biography - August A. Napoli

August A. Napoli is President and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland, the largest private funder of health and human services in the Greater Cleveland region.

Prior to joining United Way of Greater Cleveland as President and CEO in June 2016, Mr. Napoli served as Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officerof the Cleveland Museum of Art for six years where he oversaw the successful campaign to raise $320 million in support of the renowned institution’s historic renovation and expansion project and led the Division of Institutional Advancement that included fundraising, community engagement, marketing, visitor experience and audience research.

Mr. Napoli has more than 40  years of nonprofit executive experience in the Northeast Ohio region.  He has led institutional advancement activities at several universities including Baldwin Wallace College and served as Vice President for University Relations and Development at Cleveland State University and as the Executive Director of the Foundation at Cleveland State University.

He also served as the first President and CEO of the Catholic Diocesan Foundation, a faith-based community foundation established to provide philanthropic leadership and education and to support the education and charitable work of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Prior to that, he served as the President and CEO of the Catholic Charities Corp. of the Diocese of Cleveland.

Mr. Napoli was the Vice Chairman in the Division of Institutional Relations and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he was responsible for planning and executing the Campaign for the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center (now the Arnold and Sydell Miller Family Cardiovascular Institute), which raised over $300 million for the largest single-purpose medical facility in the world.

In 2006, Mr. Napoli became the President and COO of the Summa Foundation.  During his nearly four years in this position, he was instrumental in expanding public and private sector support for the health system; leading the transformation of the Foundation as it changed its focus from one of stewardship to both grant seeking and grant making; and representing Summa in developing numerous community and regional collaborative efforts, such as the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.

A graduate of Franciscan University, Mr. Napoli has served as an adjunct faculty member for Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He is affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations, including the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations, the City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland - Community Advisory Council, the 50 Club of Cleveland, the Music Settlement (President’s Cabinet), the President’s Council and Say Yes to Education.

Mr. Napoli is married to Joan Katz Napoli, senior director of Education and Community Programs for the Cleveland Orchestra. Their son, Gabriel, has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and holds a master’s degree in music – viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He is currently a fellowship student at the New World Symphony, Miami, Florida.