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, 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.

Maya Curtis
Maya Curtis is the 2019-2021 George Gund Foundation Fellow. She works across program areas. Curtis most recently was an admissions counselor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Curtis received her master’s degree in arts administration from The University of Akron in May and also has a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago.

Curtis has worked extensively with arts organizations, including some Gund Foundation grantees such as the Center for Art Inspired Learning, Groundworks Dance Theater and the Institute of Art. Her master’s thesis focused on racial diversity in arts administration.

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. 

Travis Howard
Travis Howard is the 2018-2020 George Gund Foundation Fellow. He works across program areas. Prior to joining the Foundation, Howard worked for the Presidents’ Council Foundation where he played a key role in developing the Emerging Entrepreneurship Program for minority start-up companies. He also has been a data analyst for Robert Half, a professional staffing company.

Howard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Bowling Green 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.