In Tribute 2018

In Tribute to the Public Service
In Tribute to the Public Service Award Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony

In Tribute 2018
In Tribute to the Public Service
Award Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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About the Event

Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs presents In Tribute to the Public Service Award Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony.

The In Tribute to the Public Service award was established in 1985 to honor individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership in public life and contribute significantly to the betterment of the community. Over the past 33 years, the program has saluted 38 individuals who have made significant contributions to public service in Greater Cleveland.

This special event is your opportunity to celebrate the service and support of an esteemed individual dedicated to the mission of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and to the Greater Cleveland community.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7:30 a.m. Program, Award Ceremony, and Continental Breakfast

CSU Student Center
Glasscock Family Foundation Ballroom
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

David Abbott

David Abbott
Executive Director of the George Gund Foundation

David Abbott is executive director of The George Gund Foundation, a grantmaking organization focused primarily on Cleveland and committed to making Cleveland, and urban areas generally, more globally competitive, livable, sustainable and just.  He oversees the Foundation’s work in the arts, community and economic development, education, the environment, and human services.  He is a member of the executive committee of The Fund for Our Economic Future, a collaboration of grantmakers, and serves on the board of Team NEO, a partnership of business and philanthropy. Both are working to catalyze economic transformation of Northeast Ohio.  

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.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Cuyahoga Community College
PNC Bank

Gold Table:

Charles and Charlotte Fowler

Cleveland Foundation
Enterprise Community Partners
Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
Port of Cleveland
Reverend Hilton O. Smith

Robert and Judy Rawson, Jr.

Steven A. Minter

The Center for Community Solutions

The George Gund Foundation

William B. Summers, Jr.


Call: 216.687.2135