Upper Arlington Community Foundation announces appointment of new Executive Director

Mike Fitzpatrick, Board Chair of the Upper Arlington Community Foundation (UACF), today announced the appointment of Jessica Grisez, CFRE, CAP, as the Foundation’s new Executive Director.

“The UACF Board is thrilled to share the selection of Jessica Grisez as its new Executive Director. We are excited to leverage Jessica’s exceptional capabilities as a strategic leader, seasoned fundraiser, and a savvy communicator in her interactions with the Board and a diverse mix of stakeholders throughout our community. I’m confident that she will build trusted and respected relationships with key community partners and donors,” stated Mike Fitzpatrick.

"It is a pleasure to join the Foundation and help enhance our community through philanthropy. As a community foundation, we have a unique opportunity to convene UA residents, inspire charitable initiatives, and make a lasting impact in our own backyard, today and for future generations." stated Jessica Grisez.

She is experienced with large and small nonprofit organizations in the fields of higher education, healthcare, and social services. She joins UACF from JewishColumbus, a local community foundation, where she led gift planning and served as philanthropic advisor to fund holders and community members. Prior to that position, Jessica was with The Ohio State University College of Medicine Advancement office from 2013-2019. An active member of Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), she is a past Education Chair and board member. In addition, Jessica was a prenatal barre instructor with former UA small business, beYoga and Wellness, 2019-2020.

Prior to relocating to Columbus in 2013, Jessica began her nonprofit career in Washington, DC, where she worked for the Epilepsy Foundation, Children's Law Center, and the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Jessica is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications. She and her husband, Casey, are parents to twin toddlers, Fitz and Lou, and reside in Upper Arlington

For additional information contact: Mike Fitzpatrick, Board Chair, UA Community Foundation


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