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Welcome to Our New Executive Director, Abby Westbrook!

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CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2020 – Social Venture Partners (SVP) Cleveland, a charitable organization specializing in engaging philanthropists and strengthening nonprofits, announced that Abigail Westbrook has joined as SVP’s new executive director beginning today, Sept. 1.

Westbrook succeeds former executive director, Hilary Sparks-Roberts, who cultivated deep relationships throughout Northeast Ohio’s philanthropic and nonprofit communities. Westbrook brings 15 years of experience in mission-driven organizations from small, community-based nonprofits to a large, international grantmaking foundation.

“As SVP Cleveland enters its 20th year, we are dedicated to continuing to serve the nonprofit community,” said SVP Board President Chann Fowler-Spellman. “With Abby’s leadership and experience, we are excited to expand our reach with new initiatives and renewed purpose.”

Drawn to SVP’s commitment to engaged philanthropy and the Cleveland community, Westbrook hopes to deepen the organization’s commitment to equity through individual and collective education, reflection, and action.

“While we are in an unprecedented moment locally, nationally, and globally, it is also a moment ripe with opportunities for change,” said Westbrook. “I am honored to join SVP Cleveland – to lead our staff and Partners as we work together to identify those opportunities.”

Prior to SVP, Westbrook served as chief strategy officer for 412 Food Rescue, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit focused on the disconnect between food waste, hunger, and environmental sustainability. She also spent eight years at The Atlantic Philanthropies, a global grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing opportunity, equity, and dignity in eight countries throughout the world. Westbrook is a proud Cleveland native and holds a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Marquette University and an MA in Public Administration from New York University.


About SVP Cleveland
SVP Cleveland cultivates effective philanthropists and strengthens nonprofits—building powerful relationships to tackle our community’s social challenges. For more information, visit www.svpcle.org.

SVP Cleveland is a chapter of Social Venture Partners International, the largest network of engaged donors in the world. With 3,400 Partners in more than 40 cities, SVP cultivates effective philanthropists, funds and strengthens nonprofits, and invests in collaborative solutions to entrenched social and environmental problems. For more information, visit www.socialventurepartners.org.