The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati has named Tamara Harkavy as its Chief Development Officer (CDO). As CDO, Harkavy will be responsible for working with professionals and volunteers to steward the Federation Endowment, whose assets are more than one hundred million dollars. She will also oversee the Federation’s annual fundraising effort of eight to ten million dollars, and lead the day-to-day management and supervision of a team of sixteen professionals plus nearly a hundred volunteers and lay leaders, all of whom support the community’s agencies and partners.
She will also work closely with The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati to coordinate donor cultivation for both annual giving and endowments, and the oversight of management, execution, and metrics of the Foundation-supported grant, Strengthening Individual Giving.
Harkavy has more than 25 years’ experience in community organizing, and is the founder and former CEO and Artistic Director of ArtWorks. She oversaw ArtWorks’ growth from a small nonprofit to Cincinnati’s largest public art program, elevating Cincinnati’s global reputation as an arts destination and creative hub. She built a national reputation for the organization as a thought leader in youth development and job-training, professional artist employment, public art, and community engagement. “I founded ArtWorks to address a lack of employment opportunities and workplace inequality for teens and to give artists a platform to enrich society, with an equitable and just voice, and to make lasting contributions to Cincinnati,” she explained.
Harkavy also sits on many community boards. She serves as trustee for Mercantile Library, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Ohio Chapter and is excited to remain part of the creative team for BLINK. She was tapped to serve as a committee member and cochair of the Federation’s celebrations of Israel’s 50th and 60th anniversaries. Other community work included co-chairing the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Pride events, first honoring David Herriman and then Sara and Michelle Vance Waddel.
“I can’t wait to bring my strengths as a strategic, innovative, creative collaborator, marketer, manager, and fundraiser to the Jewish Federation,” she said. “I think our community has a very bright future ahead.” Harkavy holds a Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Photography degree from Arizona State University, and a Master of Urban Planning [DAAP] degree from the University of Cincinnati.
“I'm really excited about having Tamara join our team,” said Danielle V. Minson, President of the Jewish Federation. “She is a long-time community member and is very dedicated to Jewish Cincinnati. She has focused the majority of her career on the arts and civic pursuits for Cincinnati,” continued Minson, “but she loves the city. She loves our Jewish community, and she's an incredible fundraiser. I think she's going to be outstanding.”