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Leon A. Wilson

Leon A. Wilson

Chief of Digital Innovation and Chief Information Officer Cleveland Foundation


Leon A. Wilson has over 25 years in the field of Information Technology and is currently the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In this dual role, Leon is part of the executive committee leading the foundation’s Information & Technology Services department, focusing on strategic and transformational use of technology and data within the foundation and in the philanthropic sector. Additionally, as the Chief of Digital Innovation, Leon oversees the foundation’s Digital Excellence grant-making strategy geared toward “building a stronger, more equitable and inclusive digital community”; along with elevating Greater Cleveland’s position as a major regional smart tech and technology innovation hub.

Previously, Leon served as the Senior Director of Technology & Data Engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association where he assisted nonprofits with leveraging technology to support their social mission. Leon holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN, and Ph.D. graduate work in Computer Science at Wayne State University. He is a frequent speaker at many nonprofit conferences, serves on board of national nonprofit technology intermediaries, and a former lecturer at the University of Michigan teaching information technology in the schools of business and public administration.

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