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John T. Petures Jr.
President and CEO
Joined the staff: May 2008
Favorite thing about Akron Community Foundation: We have a wonderful role in teaching and promoting permanent philanthropy for the good of the community. It’s an amazing concept to give forever and provide hope for current and future generations. I’m also a firm believer that people don’t give to causes, they give to people, and I’m proud the community foundation is such a catalyst in introducing fundholders and prospective donors to inspiring nonprofit leaders in our community.
What he does: John has championed the transformation of Akron Community Foundation into a more donor-centric organization. During the past five years alone, the community foundation has generated nearly $52 million in new contribution revenue while establishing over 150 new funds. Grant distributions in the most recent year also exceeded $9.1 million, the highest total in the community foundation’s history. John leads a 17-person team to build lasting relationships with donors, fundholders, board members and community leaders while promoting permanent philanthropy for the good of our community.
What he did before: The majority of John’s 33-year professional career has been spent in the nonprofit sector. In primarily senior development roles, he has helped organizations raise more than $900 million for the betterment of communities where he and his wife, Cindy, have lived, worked and raised their three children. John has previously worked with the United Way and the Arthritis Foundation, and studied at Penn State and Geneva College, where he earned a degree in communications and journalism.
De Shawn Pickett
Joined the staff: July 2000
Favorite thing about Akron Community Foundation: When we make grants to small organizations doing big things in our community.
What she does: De Shawn is the first face and voice of the community foundation when guests walk in the door of our transformed headquarters. She is the liaison to the president and CEO and coordinates the day-to-day administration of the community foundation’s operations. She also coordinates our annual meeting each summer and the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner in the fall.
What she did before: De Shawn worked in human resources for a company that produced portable tele-transaction computers.
Vice President, Development & Donor Engagement
Director of Development
Development & Donor Engagement Officer
Joined the staff: August 1997
Favorite thing about Akron Community Foundation: Seeing how the community foundation has grown in the past 17 years. I’m always impressed by our progress.
What she does: Diane manages all of the community foundation’s scholarship funds and works with local schools to administer each scholarship. She also drafts language for new fund agreements and processes the community foundation's agency endowment and designated fund distributions.
What she did before: Diane worked in the City of Akron Department of Planning & Urban Development. She also worked at a financial consulting firm in Atlanta, Ga.
Development & Donor Engagement Specialist
Database & Grants Administrator and Jr. System Administrator
Development & Donor Engagement Assistant
Vice President, Community Investment
Community Investment Officer
Director, Akron Digital Media Center
Community Investment Officer
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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