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Head of Greater Cleveland United Way, Augie Napoli, prepares to step down

Augie Napoli at The City Club of Cleveland [Ideastream Public Media]
Augie Napoli at The City Club of Cleveland [Ideastream Public Media]

The Northeast Ohio region continues to see major leadership changes in a number of civic positions, and the non-profit arena.

We of course had Mayor Justin Bibb taking over for Frank Jackson here in Cleveland last year.

Anthony Richardson took over for Dave Abbott at the Gund Foundation in January.
Baiju Shah was named the new head of Greater Cleveland Partnership in 2021, when Joe Roman retired.

Tuesday, on this program, we spoke to the incoming and outgoing Presidents of the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Another example of change at the top - is the departure of August Napoli as CEO of the United Way of Greater Cleveland. He steps aside this summer after 5 years heading up that organization.

The United Way of course is the worldwide non-profit responsible for raising millions of dollars through the network of local and regional affiliates. Sharon Sobol Jordan takes over as the new president and CEO.

Today on the program we'll hear from Augie Napoli on stepping down as CEO, what's worked and what hasn't over the course of his tenure, and what's next for the United Way.

Later in the hour, a look at Cleveland History Days, which highlights and celebrates the rich history of The Forest City. It’s back in full force after years of scaled back events due to the pandemic.

Finally, another episode of our music podcast “Shuffle”. This week, Brittany Nader speaks with local writer and journalist Eric Sandy, who has a new book about the infamous Cleveland music venue “Speak in Tongues”.

- August Napoli, President and CEO, The United Way of Greater Cleveland

- Peter Ketter, Director of Historic Preservation, Sandvick Architects

- Tom Yablonsky, Co-Founder, Cleveland History Days

- Brittany Nader, Producer, "Shuffle"

- Eric Sandy, Author, "Speak in Tongues: A History of Cleveland's DIY Punk Venue"

Drew Maziasz is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and also serves as the show’s technical producer.