Jeffrey Michael Bowen (Jeffrey), MNO, CFRE
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 Title: Assistant College Lecturer
College Lecturer in Organizational Leadership
 Dept: Urban Studies
 Office: UR 213
 Phone: 216-687-4649
 Email: j.m.bowen@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/urban/faculty-and-staff/levin-
college-faculty#LCF
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 213, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Nonprofit Management, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Public Relations, Urban Organizations, Arts Organizations, Governance, Trusteeship, Boards of Directors, Board Development & Training, Nonprofit Governance, Collaborative Partnerships, Volunteerism
 
Education:
M.B.A., Nonprofit Management, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), 1998
CGT, Certified Governance Trainer, BoardSource Washington DC, 2015
Appreciative Inquiry Certificate, Positive Business & Society Change, CWRU, 2010
Fund Raising Certificate, The Fundraising School, Indiana University, 2005
B.A., Psychology, Kent State University, 1975
 
Brief Bio:
Jeffrey Bowen is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT), with a BA in Psychology from Kent State University, and both a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) and an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Jeffrey earned a Certificate in Fund Raising from The Fundraising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and was trained by Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland at Cleveland State University. In addition to many years in Sales & Marketing, Jeffrey's career as a nonprofit professional includes working as a Crisis Intervention Counselor, Youth Services Caseworker, After-School Program Fundraiser, as Director of Development & Public Affairs for the Lake Erie Girl Scout Council, and as the Executive Director of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

Jeffrey served two years as Adjunct Faculty at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and at the Minor in Nonprofit Studies Program at The College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University, teaching Undergraduate and Master-level courses in nonprofit management, organizational leadership and fundraising. He was awarded a 5-Year, Level 3 appointment to the Cleveland State University Graduate Faculty in the Spring of 2016 and joined the Levin College Faculty as a full-time College Lecturer in Organizational Leadership in the Fall of 2016. He is also a Development, Public Relations & Nonprofit Management Consultant, offering fundraising and communications assistance, nonprofit board training, staff & volunteer recruitment, and retreat facilitation.
 
Honors and Awards:
Jeffrey received the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management Dean's Award for Academic Excellence and was named as The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations' Alumni Association's "Outstanding Alumni for 2004". During Jeffrey's tenure as Executive Director at Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, the organization received various local and national awards, including The Dominion East Ohio "Community Impact Award", The St. Luke's Foundation "Building Healthy Communities Award" and The Habitat For Humanity International "Malachi Award". Jeffrey served on President Jimmy Carter's Habitat for Humanity Work Project Teams in Vera Cruz Mexico and New Orleans Louisiana. He was recognized by both Greater Cleveland Community Shares and Habitat for Humanity of Ohio for his service as a multi-term member of their Boards of Directors. He also received the Kent State University Accessibility Service's "Faculty Excellence in Accessibility Award".

Jeffrey's poetic work was among the "Top Ten Cleveland Poems" in both 2013 and 2014. His tribute to Poet Laureate Daniel Thompson won the 2015 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Competition and was featured in the City Club of Cleveland's "Soul of Cleveland Project", broadcast live on WCPN 90.3 FM. His work appeared on the Cuyahoga County Public Library's Website as part of "30 Days of Poetry in Celebration of National Poetry Month 2017". His poetry in response to visual art by nationally acclaimed artists, Derek Hess, Jake Kelly, George Kokar and Laura & Gary Dumm was part of the "Public Conscience" exhibit at Heights Arts Gallery in 2017.
 
Creative and Activities:
In addition to his work as a nonprofit professional and educator, Jeffrey is an accomplished journalist and poet, and an Afro-Cuban percussionist. He has performed with multiple Jazz, Folk, R & B, Reggae, and Roots Music ensembles, appears on several recordings, and serves as the resident conga player, percussionist & spoken word artist with the popular Cleveland band, "Cats On Holiday".

Jeffrey's stories and articles have appeared in Akron Beacon Journal, Call & Post, City News, Cleveland Scene, Cool Cleveland, Doan Brook Watershed, EarthWatch, EcoWatch, Elephant Journal, Girl Scout News, Green City-Blue Lake, Heights Observer, ideastream, Live Cleveland, Neighborhood News, Nonprofit Notes, Sun News, and multiple Habitat for Humanity publications.

His poetry has been published by Art Crimes, Cicada, Cool Cleveland, Crisis Chronicles, Dimensions, Doan Brook Watershed, Excursions, Green Panda Press, Hessler Street Fair, Off the Page, Procrastination Press, Poet's League of Greater Cleveland, The City, The Cleveland Reader, and Whiskey Island Magazine. He is one of six poets profiled in the 1995 documentary, "Off the Page". Four of his poems are featured on "Cleveland Tumbadors", an album of Traditional Afro Cuban Music and Latin Jazz on Fame City Records. His poem, "Welcome to New Orleans" appears on the Cats On Holiday CD, "Holiday in a Box" from COHTONE Records.
 
Teaching Areas:
Jeffrey teaches Undergraduate and Master-level courses in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership; Fundraising, Resource Development & External Relations; Grant & Proposal Writing; Managing Urban and Nonprofit Organizations; and Trusteeship. Other interests include nonprofit board training, and retreat facilitation, with a focus on effective fundraising; board roles and responsibilities; strategic recruitment and on-boarding; refreshing, energizing and expanding the board; and developing collaborative community partnerships.
 
Professional Affiliations:
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT)
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
 
Community Service:
Jeffrey is an experienced civic leader, having worked as a member of Mayor Frank Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Steering Committee, and as a representative to the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition (CNDC) and Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S). He served two terms as a Trustee of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Alumni Association, was a Director of Greater Cleveland Community Shares for three consecutive terms, and was a founding member and three-term Trustee of Habitat for Humanity of Ohio. He has served numerous organizations as a writer, editor, trainer, speaker, fundraiser, public relations manager and strategic advisor. His current volunteer interests include service to homeless and domestic violence shelters through The Tour of Good Cheer, to recovering addicts and alcoholics through The Clean House Transitional Housing Center and to various local Arts Organizations and Live Music presenters.