Program Staff

Program Staff

David T. Abbott
David Abbott became executive director of The George Gund Foundation in 2003. 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.

Jennifer Coleman
Jennifer Coleman is the Foundation’s senior program officer for arts. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was an architect, and president of her own design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative LLC, since 2005. Prior to that she practiced architecture with Robert P. Madison International, URS Corporation and Westlake Reed Leskowsky. She also founded CityProwl.com, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of Cleveland.

Among her many civic endeavors, Coleman has served as chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee. She also has been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Coleman has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.

Marcia Egbert
Marcia Egbert is the Foundation’s senior program officer for human services. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1998, she was vice president of the National Urban Policy Institute, a social policy analysis and lobbying firm in Columbus, Ohio. She also served as government relations director for the Cuyahoga County Commissioners and worked for the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Egbert is active in a number of local, state and national organizations of grantmakers including the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Grantmakers Income Security Task Force; Funders Network on Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Public Policy Committee of Philanthropy Ohio. She is also a founding board member of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Egbert is a two-time alumna of The Ohio State University, having received both B.A. and J.D. degrees from that institution. 

Claire Gauntner
Claire Gauntner is the 2014–2016 George Gund Foundation Fellow. She works across program areas. Gauntner has worked nationally and internationally in public health, most recently working on gender, conflict and economic issues in east Africa with international aid organization Mercy Corps. She has also held positions in sexual assault prevention at the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Portland, Oregon and in the performing arts field in New York.

Gauntner holds an Associate in Occupational Studies in massage therapy from the Swedish Institute, a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Fordham University, and Master of Public Health in health promotion from Portland State University.

Robert B. Jaquay
Robert Jaquay became associate director of the Foundation in 1996 and oversees grantmaking in community revitalization and economic development as well as the Foundation’s program-related investing. He also manages the Foundation’s financial functions and serves as in-house counsel.  Before joining the Foundation, Jaquay worked in Northeast Ohio as an urban planner, municipal attorney and executive assistant to Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich. Early in his career, he served on the legislative staff of the U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. 

Bob is past chair of Mission Investors Exchange, Neighborhood Funders Group and the Foundation Center – Cleveland. He currently serves as an officer of the Fund for Our Economic Future and a board member of Philanthropy Ohio. He has a B.S. in business administration from John Carroll University, an M.P.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Cleveland State University. 

John Mitterholzer
John Mitterholzer is the Foundation’s senior program officer for the environment. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, he was a program officer at the Cleveland Foundation. He also has served as executive director of Great American Downtown, the downtown revitalization program in Nashua, N.H., and Historic Nashville, a nonprofit historic preservation organization and as a field representative for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

He has a bachelor of arts degree from Baldwin Wallace University and a master of arts in history from the University of Memphis.

Ann K. Mullin
Mullin is the Foundation’s senior program officer for education. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, she served as the education program officer for education and program associate for arts and culture at The Cleveland Foundation. Mullin also worked as operations director of Montessori Development Partnerships, a nonprofit organization serving the Cleveland and national Montessori community, and interim principal at Old Brooklyn Montessori School. She also was a client assistant for the International Management Group and for National City Corporation.

Mullin holds a bachelor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan and a master of business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Marissa Williams
Marissa Williams is the 2015-2017 George Gund Foundation Fellow. She works across program areas. Williams was most recently a community planning coordinator at the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership in Warren, Ohio. She also has worked as an AmeriCorps College Guide for College Now Greater Cleveland, a community relations intern with FutureHeights and a community development intern at Fairfax Renaissance Development. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.