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Leon Wilson

Leon Wilson, Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer, 
Cleveland Foundation  

Leon Wilson joined the foundation in October 2015 as the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer in a dual role capacity. 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. Additionally, as the Chief for 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 community and technology innovation hub.


Leon brings more than 25 years of senior level technology experience to the foundation and our community. Previously, Leon served as the Senior Director of Technology & Data Engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association advising executive staff, board / advisory committee members and nonprofit leaders across the State of Michigan on technology strategic planning initiatives and investments that would positively impact support, delivery and expansion of nonprofits respective social missions. He is a 2015 Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Lifetime Achievement Awardee, and board member for the Council of Foundation’s Technology Affinity Group and national nonprofit technology research & training intermediary, Idealware. 


Leon holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and M.S. in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN, and PhD graduate work in Computer Science from Wayne State University. He is a frequent speaker at many nonprofit conferences and recent adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan teaching information technology in the schools of business and public administration.