Cincinnati, OH

Chief Executive Officer, StriveTogether

The Organization

StriveTogether is a national nonprofit network of over 70 community parnerships in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The network partners – the backbone organizations – engage more than 10,800 local entities to ensure the success of every child, regardless of race, zip code or family income.

Since inception, the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network has been consistent in its dedication to continuous learning, results-based leadership and the power of data to support community partners with the insight and information needed to make smarter investments in student success.

Through data use, shared goals and a focus on pushing people to change behavior to create lasting change, the cross-sector partners in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network are driving significant progress.

The national organization has been led since inception by Managing Director Jeff Edmondson, a highly regarded champion and seminal proponent of the power of collective impace.

In late April, 2017, Jeff was named managing director of the Ballmer Group, the Seattle-based organization created by Steve and Connie Ballmer to direct their philanthropic efforts. The Ballmer Group has been and will continue to be a key supporter of StriveTogether.

Position Overview

The incoming CEO of StriveTogether will join a team that is proud to serve such a critical mission and fully committed to implementing the vison of the Network members as they seek to improve educational outcomes at scale. The CEO will be expected to address the following:

  • Strategy. The organization is in the midst of a strategic review and a number of central tenets is emerging. A key component is the pervasive agreement on equity as a central priority and there is a strong desire to focus on eliminating disparities in educational outcomes by changing systems and opportuity structure.
  • Advocacy. As the primary face for StriveTogether, the CEO must be both advocate and ambassador for the mission to all relevant audiences, including partner communities, investors and policymakers.
  • Resource Development. The CEO must cultivate the human, financial and institutional resources to support the sustained effort the mission requires.
  • Organization Leadership. StriveTogether is an unusual organization, facilitating the work of others rather than operating programs of its own. Balancing vision with practical application, the CEO should model servant leadership in an environment of responsible opportunism.

A complete description of the opportunity can be found here:

How To Apply

For potential consideration or to suggest a prospect, please email

For questions please call Patti Kish, Director of Research, BoardWalk Consulting at (404) 420-5841.

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