Board & Staff
The OTF is a collaborative fund, hosted by both the Center for Community Solutions and the New Venture Fund. Both hosts are fiscal intermediaries that are 501(c)3 public charities and that host a range of charitable projects. Each donor-partner to the fund has a voting seat on our advisory board.
Advisory Board Members:
Corrie Adams, The Raymond John Wean Foundation
Erin Byrd, The Partnership and Partnership Action Funds
Michael Coffey, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Marcia Egbert, The George Gund Foundation, Co-Chair
Helena Huang, Art for Justice Fund
Karen Jones, individual donor
Christie Manning, The Saint Luke's Foundation
Tanya Coke, The Ford Foundation
Mary Sobecki, The Needmor Fund, Co-Chair
Kate Terrell, The Cleveland Foundation
Executive Director — Erika Anthony
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Erika L. Anthony, a native New Yorker, joined OTF as our executive director in December 2019. She has extensive experience in fund development and in pushing for state and local policy change on behalf of multiple organizations, all focused on racial equity and inclusion, civic engagement, and transforming the criminal punishment system.
Prior to OTF, Erika served as the Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. She has also been the Director of Business Development at Oriana House Inc., Project Coordinator for a pilot reentry program at the Centers for Families and Children, and held various roles in the legal sector.
Erika also co-founded both Cleveland VOTES and Hack Cleveland. She also sits on a number of Boards in the greater Cleveland, including Ideastream’s Community Advisory Board, Cuyahoga County Public Defender Commission, NOACA’s Community Advisory Council, and CEO Works Advisory Board. Erika has served as an Adjunct Professor for a policy class at Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Sciences. She has also participated in a number of leadership programs including: 2014 Cleveland Bridge Builders, 2014 Fellowship with New Leaders Council and the 2017-18 Leadership Now Ohio program (funded by OTF and led by Rockwood Leadership Institute).
Erika holds a B.S. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxine G. Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Erika and her husband Brian reside in Cleveland; enjoy travelling, biking and spending time with family and friends.
Strategy Director — Stephen JohnsonGrove
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