David Abbott, Executive Director of The George Gund Foundation
- March 31, 2014
- IUPUI University Library, Room 1126
As former chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future and as current co-chair of the Regional Competitiveness Council, Dave Abbott has led unique collaborations of foundations and many others aimed at revitalizing the economic prosperity of Northeast Ohio. In his role as director of a regionally-focused private foundation, Abbott continues to build philanthropic bridges among various sectors in efforts to spur economic growth, enhance cultural diversity, build healthy communities, clean up the environment, and increase access to high-quality education. In his address to the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Abbott will discuss the opportunities and challenges of forging collaborations, especially among foundations.
David T. Abbott
Executive Director of The George Gund Foundation
David Abbott is executive director of The George Gund Foundation, a grantmaking organization focused primarily on Cleveland and committed to making Cleveland, and urban areas generally, more globally competitive, livable, sustainable and just. He is a member of the executive committee of The Fund for Our Economic Future, an innovative collaboration of grantmakers working to catalyze economic transformation of Northeast Ohio. He is co-chair of the Regional Competitiveness Council, a partnership of business and philanthropy. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as president of University Circle Incorporated, executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and executive director of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. Abbott was also the Cuyahoga County administrator and, early in his career, a reporter for The Plain Dealer. He holds a B.A. in political science from Denison University, a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.