SOTC is pleased to announce that it has hired Eric McGarvey as its new Executive Director. McGarvey was most recently director of student enrollment and outreach at Breakthrough Schools, a regular employer of Summer on the Cuyahoga interns, and expects to receive his master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in January. He assumes the role previously held by Jean Koehler, who spent five years managing Summer on the Cuyahoga’s internship program for hundreds of students and recent graduates from across the nation and around the world.
“I am thrilled to serve an organization that has inspired hundreds of students over the years, provides a talent pipeline to area employers and highlights everything great about Cleveland,” McGarvey said. “I look forward to working with our newest cohort of diverse students from across the country, our dedicated employers and alumni, along with all other stakeholders as we build on past successes and continue to celebrate everything and everyone that makes SOTC Cleveland’s premier internship program.”
McGarvey was hired after a lengthy search process that considered more than 100 resumes, and emerged as the top candidate among the finalists. He has begun learning his new role, and will officially take the reins on Jan. 2.
“During his prior work and volunteer experience, Eric McGarvey has handled all of the key components of the job, including grant-writing, fundraising, operations, marketing and sales, managing multiple constituencies, and maintaining board relationships,” said Matthew Liebson, chair of Summer on the Cuyahoga’s Executive Director Search Committee. “The committee was impressed with his interest in strategic thinking and his focus on the position.”
“He also practices the essence of what we’re about: He has served as a volunteer (i)Cleveland mentor for a number of years, he is a Northeast Ohio boomerang who now lives in the Flats, and has even hosted a Summer on the Cuyahoga intern in his home,” Liebson said.
Janet Cho, chair of Summer on the Cuyahoga’s Board of Directors, said: “We were impressed by Eric’s experience with Summer on the Cuyahoga, his desire to expand and improve on what his predecessors have built, and his enthusiasm for bringing more smart young people to Cleveland. Our program, great employers and alumni volunteers have encouraged more than 142 students to take jobs and opportunities here after they graduate, and we look forward to Eric’s ideas for making our program even more successful.”
“We are grateful to have had five memorable summers with Jean Koehler,” Cho said. “She has been a tireless tour de force recruiting employers, helping smart students find great jobs and friendships in Cleveland, and staying connected to SOTC alumni when they go back to campus and graduate. We wish her all the best in her next pursuit.”