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Monica Brown named Chief People Officer

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The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce that Monica Brown will join ACF as its first Chief People Officer beginning January 16, 2024.  Brown comes to ACF after serving as The Cleveland Foundation’s Vice President, Human Resources, Building Operations & Guest Services. Monica spent over 16 years at The Cleveland Foundation (TCF) and, as a member of the executive team, was responsible for leading all people and culture initiatives. Her expertise helped to create staff alignment with TCF’s mission, values, and strategic direction, while ensuring a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for all.

Under Brown’s leadership, her dynamic team focused on attracting, engaging, supporting, developing, and retaining TCF’s talented employees. Her responsibilities included recruiting, employee programming and communications, DEI, talent management, succession planning, compensation, benefits, payroll, HR technology, compliance and reporting, safety and security, business resiliency, and office administration.

Over the last decade, Monica has been recognized for her leadership and contributions in the field of human resources. In both 2012 and 2016, she was presented with the HR Business Leader Award sponsored by the Employers Resource Council and the Cleveland Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management. In 2017, she received the Crain’s Cleveland Business Archer Award for HR leadership. In 2020, she was honored to receive the Overall Excellence Award (nonprofit/government category) for the Crain’s Cleveland Business Excellence in HR Awards program.

Monica is a passionate community volunteer, most recently serving as vice chair of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation Board, chair of the Grantmaking Committee, and member of the Governance Committee. She was the founder and chair of the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals, an initiative dedicated to building the capacity of HR leaders serving in nonprofits across Northeast Ohio, and represented TCF on the University of Chicago, Equity and Access Employer Council.

“Having served as an executive leader in the world’s first community foundation, and a top 25 in the country with over $2.5 billion assets under management, Monica will bring compassion and expertise in guiding our strategy around our greatest asset, our people,” said Anna María Chávez, ACF President & CEO. “As a community leader, Monica understands the needs and interests of our donors, as well as the issues our donors care most about.”

Brown received her BS from Kent State University and her Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations from Cleveland State University.  She will reside in Phoenix and has two children: Hannah, 23, and Evan, 20.