Jeffrey Michael Bowen (Jeffrey), MNO, CFRE
 Title: Associate College Lecturer
College Lecturer in Organizational Leadership
 Dept: Urban Studies
 Office: UR 221
 Phone: 216-687-4649
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 221, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Proposal & Program Development, Public Relations, Community Relations, Urban Organizations, Arts Organizations, Governance, Trusteeship, Boards of Directors, Board Development & Training, Nonprofit Governance, Collaborative Partnerships, Volunteerism, Volunteer Management, Project Management, Arts Management, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice & Accessibility (DEIJA)
MNO, 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. His Graduate Faculty appointment was renewed for an additional five years in the Fall of 2020 and he was promoted to Associate College Lecturer in 2022. Jeffrey 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". He joined the ranks of "The Mandel School Hall of Achievement" in 2022. 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". As Co-Chair of the Levin College's Dean's Diversity Council, he shared the "Cleveland State University President's Award for Excellence in Diversity 2019". In 2021, he received the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Sigma, Alpha, Pi. He was awarded both the Cleveland State University's "Faculty Merit Recognition Award" and the CSU Alumni Association's "Golden Apple Award" in 2023.

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. His work was featured in the "Neighborhood Voices Anthology" published by Literary Cleveland in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library in 2020.
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, WalletHub 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, Halcyone Literary Review/ Black Mountain Press, Hessler Street Fair, Off the Page, Ohio Bard's Anthology, 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 poetry and percussion appear on two Cats On Holiday CDs, "Holiday in a Box" and "Livin' Life & Lovin' It!" from COH-TONE Records, and he plays congas and percussion on the anitakeys album "Who She Is" from Indie 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; Cleveland Nonprofits; Contemporary Urban Issues; Gender & Leadership; Managing Urban Diversity; 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; He also has extensive experience in Arts Marketing & Management, and Special Event Development and Production.
Professional Affiliations:
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT)
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
National Diversity Council (NDC)
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 and Metanoia Project, to recovering addicts and alcoholics through The Clean House Transitional Housing Center, and to various local Arts Organizations and Live Music presenters. Jeffrey serves as co-chair of the Levin College Dean's Diversity Council, as a member of the CSU President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, as a member of the Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (MNAL) Advisory Committee, and as an advisor to the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management. He is Faculty for the Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland Program and the Nonprofit Management Academy, teaches at Lakeland Community College and Lorain County Community College as part of the University Partnership program, serves as a Mentor for The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Cleveland Chapter, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Ohio Certified Public ManagerĀ® (OCPM) Program, and as a member of the Board of Directors of College Boarding Pass.