Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer
August A. Napoli Jr. joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in December 2010. Mr. Napoli has thirty years of nonprofit executive experience in the northeast Ohio region. He led institutional advancement activities at several universities, including Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University. He also served as the first president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Diocesan Foundation, which raised more than $12 million annually for Catholic education and charities. In 2006, Mr. Napoli became the president and chief operating officer 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.
Prior to his position with Summa, Mr. Napoli was 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 addition, he created the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation and served as its first president and CEO. Prior to that he served as the president and CEO of the Catholic Charities Corp. of the Diocese of Cleveland, and as the vice president for University Relations and Development and the executive director of the Foundation at Cleveland State University.
Mr. Napoli is a graduate of Franciscan University. Having once served as a member of Highland Heights City Council, he is currently affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations. He is a member of the board of directors of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, serves as board treasurer of the City Club of Cleveland Foundation, and is a member of the board of trustees of One Community as well as the Temple Tifereth Israel. He also serves as adjunct faculty with the Case Western Reserve Mandel School of Applied Sciences programs.