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Urban League President & CEO Donna Jones Baker To Retire

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULGSO), a civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, announced today President & CEO Donna Jones Baker would retire effective February 8, 2019.

“The board thanks Donna for passionately leading the League since 2003, establishing the strategic roadmap for the agency, and building a strong executive team to execute the strategy,” said ULGSO Board Chair Alandes Powell. “Donna’s steady leadership has seen the organization through both good and tough times, including the Great Recession of 2008 when many nonprofits saw a downturn in charitable giving. Donna’s strong external funding relationships allowed the Urban League to weather the financial crisis.”

During her 15-years with the League, Ms. Baker led the agency through a tremendous expansion into Dayton, Ohio with the opening of the Miami Valley Urban League office. She published regional reports on the State of Black Cincinnati and the State of Black Dayton. She has been committed to helping the community grow and thrive through her volunteer work as a board member of Xavier University, Cincinnati Chamber, Advocates for Youth Education and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Links, Inc. Before joining the League, she served as executive director of Associated Black Charities in Baltimore.

“It has been an honor to serve as President & CEO of one of the largest Urban Leagues in the country. Under my leadership, ULGSO hosted the 2014 National Urban League Convention, launched the Business Development and Entrepreneurship division which has generated millions of dollars in revenue for small business owners and women- owned businesses and spearheaded many conversations around equity and inclusion through the State of Black Cincinnati and Dayton Town Halls. I’m proud of our work leading these critical dialogues and look forward to seeing the League continue along this path of bettering the community,” Baker said.

Based on today’s announcement the Urban League Board of Trustees will form a search committee to identify a permanent CEO. Earlier this year the board appointed Greater Cincinnati Urban League Executive Director Chara Fisher Jackson as Interim President & CEO. Ms. Jackson will continue in this role until a permanent President & CEO is chosen.

Ms. Baker will give her final address as President & CEO during the Urban League’s 70th Anniversary Luncheon on February 8th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.