Special Olympics Ohio names Jessica Stewart President and CEO

Special Olympics Ohio names Jessica Stewart President and CEO

Special Olympics Ohio Names New President & CEO

Columbus, OH – The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Ohio is proud to announce the appointment of Jessica Stewart as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Ohio (SOOH).

"After an extensive nationwide search, we are excited to announce Jessica Stewart as the new President and CEO of Special Olympics Ohio,” said Frank Bucci, SOOH Board President and chair of search committee. He continued, “Her proven record of success in organizational management, fundraising and leadership, ensure that our more than 26,000 Special Olympics Ohio athletes and Unified Sports Partners will have a strong leader to advocate for them moving forward. 

Jessica has spent the last 17 years with the American Cancer Society. In her most recent senior leadership position, as the National Director of Distinguished Partners Events at Global Headquarters, she was responsible for developing and managing strategy, as well as national core competencies, trainings, and resources to grow the $55 million distinguished events property across the nation. In former positions, she managed division and Ohio-based teams of boards, volunteers, and staff, in fund development to deliver on the Society’s critical mission.  Jessica has received national recognition for her work in the areas of distinguished events growth and development, high-level constituent recruitment and engagement, advocacy initiatives, donor prospecting and cultivation, and the development of new fundraising platforms. Jessica prides herself on building relationships and partnerships to ensure a solid business foundation that supports the necessary and passionate work of the nonprofit sector.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toledo and relocated to downtown Columbus, Ohio from Toledo in April of 2016. She has two grown children who reside in Cincinnati and Columbus. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending it with her family and friends, singing, and international travel adventures.

“I am beyond honored and couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this amazing Special Olympics Ohio team. A new fire has been lit and to know Ohio’s athletes and champions are leading the way in an international movement couldn’t be more inspiring. As Special Olympics begins our 50th year, I know the future is intensely bright with new opportunities for Special Olympics Ohio. I truly feel our only option is further inclusion, respect, and equality for our champions.”

Posted: 2018-02-08


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