04/26/2021 in Announcements

Associate Director Robert Jaquay to retire; Ann Mullin to be promoted to the role

Robert Jaquay, associate director of The George Gund Foundation, will retire at the end of the summer. Bob has spent 25 years with the Foundation, bringing expertise in urban planning, municipal law, and civic affairs. He serves as in-house counsel, directs the Foundation’s day-to-day financial functions, and ensures legal, fiscal, and tax compliance. Over the last year, he has facilitated the Board of Trustees’ efforts to review the investment portfolio through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.

Through 2019, Bob also directed the Foundation’s grantmaking in economic development and community revitalization. Bob played a pivotal role in the establishment of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and the Fund for our Economic Future. He has also led the Foundation’s program related investments (PRIs), shareholder advocacy, and philanthropic services. Long a leader in philanthropic circles, Bob is past chair of Philanthropy Ohio, Mission Investors Exchange, Neighborhood Funders Group, and the Foundation Center Cleveland.

Ann Mullin, program director for public education, will succeed Bob as associate director. She has been preparing to assume the role for more than a year. Ann has a Master of Legal Studies from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, an MBA from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Ann has been with the Foundation since 2005, overseeing the Foundation’s investments in public education, including the development of the Cleveland Plan, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, and Say Yes to Education Cleveland.

Ann will assume a lead role in the finances and operations of the Foundation, most particularly its investment portfolio and the Foundation’s growing role as an activist shareholder. She will focus on increasing alignment between the Foundation’s stock ownership and its grantmaking portfolio and What We Believe statement. Ann will also assume responsibility for PRIs, communications, and philanthropic services, and will continue to direct the public education program area.