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Saint Luke’s Foundation appoints Anne Goodman as President and CEO

Posted May 15, 2014 in News Items

Saint Luke’s Foundation appoints Anne Goodman as President and CEO

(5.15.14) Saint Luke’s Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Goodman to the position of President and CEO.

Goodman was recommended to the Foundation’s board of trustees by an ad hoc Executive Search Committee, and the recommendation was approved by the board in a special meeting on Wednesday, May 14. As the Foundation’s third CEO since its founding in 1997, her responsibilities will include developing and implementing policies, procedures and practices that reflect the Foundation’s priorities of Healthy People, Strong Communities and Resilient Families. Goodman will formally assume her duties on August 1. She succeeds Denise San Antonio Zeman, the Foundation’s President and CEO since 2000.

Since 1999, Goodman has served as President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, where she has managed a $20 million budget and a staff of more than 100 employees. In 2013, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank made possible nearly 40 million meals by providing food to a network of 700 charities, and through extensive food stamp outreach efforts. In 2006, it was named Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America – The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Also in 2006, it received the Organization Innovation Award from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

“The executive search process identified candidates that were all outstanding in their own regard; yet Anne was exceptional,” said Douglas Wang, Chair of Saint Luke’s Foundation’s board of trustees. “She possesses a deep background in nonprofit management, and she brings proven leadership skills, an entrepreneurial spirit and a clear vision to the Foundation. Equally important is her genuine sense of caring for, and commitment to, vulnerable populations. Serving the underserved is the central mission of both the Foundation and the Food Bank. Anne understands what drives us, because it’s driven her, too. Under her guidance, we will continue to be well-positioned to make larger investments, forge deeper commitments and drive powerful results.

“Our enthusiasm for Anne is surpassed only by our fondness and respect for Denise, and our immense gratitude for her leadership since 2000,” added Wang. “During Denise’s tenure, she has shown the courage to reinvent, the capacity to lead, and a commitment to improving the lives of Greater Clevelanders. She will always be a special part of Saint Luke’s Foundation.”

Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Board Chair Shirley Stineman commented, “Anne has accomplished a great deal in her 15 years at the Food Bank and is leaving the organization in a strong position with a talented leadership team. We are confident that she will continue to have a positive impact on struggling families in our community in her new role at Saint Luke’s Foundation.”

“I am eager to continue to work to improve the health and well-being of Greater Clevelanders in my new capacity as Saint Luke’s Foundation President and CEO,” said Goodman. “My work at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank has given me a great perspective on a wide range of issues that I think will be useful to the Foundation as we work to forge healthier people, stronger communities and more resilient families.”

Prior to her work at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Goodman held various leadership roles with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Additionally, she has worked with Family Focus in Chicago, and she served as a legislative aide to the Office of Congressman James J. Florio.

A member of Leadership Cleveland’s class of 2003, Goodman was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business with a 40 Under 40 Award in 2001, and as a key leader in the nonprofit community with a 2003 Northern Ohio Live Rainmaker Award. In 2004, Smart Business named Goodman as its Nonprofit Executive of the Year. Crain’s Cleveland Business named her as one of the “People Who Mattered” in 2009, and in 2010, Ernst & Young named her Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank received the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland’s esteemed Charles Eisenman Award.

Goodman is a member of In Counsel With Women. She has served on the board of directors of Feeding America for eight years and is currently a board member of the Ohio Association of Food Banks. Additionally, she is on the board of Western Reserve Academy and The Council of Economic Opportunities of Greater Cleveland. Goodman has a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. She resides in Shaker Heights with her husband and two children.