Cincinnati Works Welcomes Vanessa Kurtzer as New Director of Development

Cincinnati, February 15, 2024 – Cincinnati Works is delighted to announce the appointment of Vanessa Kurtzer as the organization’s new Director of Development. Vanessa will be responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program that includes major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, and special events.

With a passion for helping people, Vanessa has many years of experience with local non-profits in varying roles. She is also an avid volunteer and is a leader in her community.

“We are excited to welcome Vanessa to our team and cannot wait to see the positive impact her efforts will have on strategically driving philanthropy and revenue to support our mission and Members. Her expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to the success and growth of our organization,” said Wendy Kobler, PhD, Chief Development & External Relations Officer.

“I’m thrilled to join Cincinnati Works! My life’s mission is to bring philanthropic opportunities and communities together to drive impact,” Vanessa said.

Vanessa brings a genuine energy, curiosity, and a service mindset to support Members and employers alike while exceeding growth goals. As Director of Development, Vanessa will also supervise the Development Manager who is responsible for annual fundraising, grant and foundation revenue, young professionals board and fundraising events.

About Cincinnati Works:
Since the 1990s, Cincinnati Works has been committed to building a stronger workforce and helping area workers succeed. Partnering with a variety of employers, the organization assists workers in strengthening soft skills and building financial acumen to gain valuable career experience.

Cincinnati Works provides individualized education on a series of personal finance topics and addresses behavioral challenges that arise in the workplace. Financial coaching and money management education are key components of this effort, helping participants reach a greater level of stability. By taking such a holistic approach, the organization is positioning workers to thrive in the workplace on a long-term basis.


Brooke Beiting, Sr. Project Manager – Marketing and Communications