Danielle V. Minson — Raising the Bar
Danielle V. Minson named CEO of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
—Debbie Brant, Board Chair, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / October 26, 2021
The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati has named Danielle V. Minson as its new CEO. Minson has been with the Federation system for 24 years, 19 of which have been in Cincinnati. She was named President and interim CEO in July. Prior to that, she was Chief Development Officer and Managing Director. In that position, she led the Federation through strategic change, and transformed the revenue model from being solely focused on the Annual Campaign to building in multiple streams of revenue that benefit the community. Many of these initiatives transformed the Federation from a $10 million a year organization into a $20 million a year organization, in a time when many Federations nationally have been facing decreased revenue overall.
“As CEO, I am looking towards the future by building upon the existing strength of our past,” said Minson. “Federation will play a critical role in strategic planning, mobilizing and convening resources to ensure a strong future ahead. I see three priorities I’d like for us to invest in: collaboration, philanthropic growth, and deepening engagement.”
Some of that work has already begun with the Cincinnati 2030 initiative. While in her position as President and interim CEO, Minson helped shape the initiative’s goals of increasing engagement, creating greater access to services, and increasing education about antisemitism and Israel.
Over the years Minson has gained deep knowledge and extensive experience with the Federation system. “I’ve devoted my entire career to working professionally in the Jewish Community and within the Jewish Federation system,” said Minson. “From the start of my career, my aspiration and goal has been to be the leader of the Cincinnati Jewish Community. I have been thoughtful and strategic in gaining experience, learning new skill sets, and growing the talent around me to prepare myself for this opportunity.
“I am deeply committed to Cincinnati, our Jewish Community and our community’s vision of building a flourishing, inclusive Jewish community for all of us, and for future generations. As I have for the past 24 years, I will bring my full physical, mental, and emotional presence to this work.”
“Danielle’s passion and energy for this work are unmatched,” said Federation Board Chair Debbie Brant. “She’s this perfect balance of institutional knowledge, high intellect, and has the passion for the organization and the work, but she’s also able to think creatively about how to address the needs of the future.”
Minson joins 57 other women running the 146 Jewish Federations across North America, and is the first woman to run Cincinnati’s Federation in its 125-year history. “I am proud to join the other women running Federations around the country,” said Minson. “Women in leadership roles bring different skill sets and perspectives—daughter, sister, wife, friend, mother, and business leader. Not to mention, many of the professionals working in the non-profit and Jewish communal space are female and very few have leaders at the top who are role models. With the landscape changing, we need young women to see other women leading.”
“It’s really exciting to me to have a female who has moved up the ranks and wants to continue to grow her career with the Federation,” said Brant. “Danielle and her wife Sally Schultz live, work, and play in this community—she knows just how special it is.”
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