Cincinnati Works is excited to announce the hiring of Wendy Kobler as Vice President of Development and External Relations. An engaging executive who has led major fundraising and marketing campaigns, she joins a diverse leadership team at a growing organization committed to ending poverty in Greater Cincinnati.
In her most recent role as VP of Philanthropy and Engagement at Ithaca College, Kobler increased private donations by 50 percent and launched numerous student and alumni engagement campaigns. She previously held executive-level fundraising positions at Kentucky State University, Wittenberg University, Purdue University – Fort Wayne, and Alabama A&M University. She earned a master’s degree in marketing education while at Alabama A&M and a Ph.D. in global leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.
“I am very excited to return to Greater Cincinnati to be close to family and friends,” Kobler said. “Cincinnati has so much to offer as a strategically growing, diverse community. I look forward to being an active part of the region as we build together and elevate the mission of Cincinnati Works.”
Since its founding in 1996, Cincinnati Works has helped more than 8,000 individuals find full-time employment. In recent years, the organization has invested in financial coaching, workforce coaching, and virtual training to help its clients (Members) leverage the stability of a job to achieve financial self-sufficiency.
Such innovation has been possible because of the support of loyal donors. As VP of Development, Kobler will work with local individuals, businesses and funding partners to ensure Cincinnati Works can continue to evolve with the needs of its Members.
“I am thrilled to work for a mission-driven organization where I can continue to help change lives and make a positive impact in our community,” she said.
Kobler will lead a team of dynamic fundraising and marketing professionals. She is the third member of the leadership team to join Cincinnati Works in recent months, following President & CEO Tianay Amat in May and VP of Workforce Connection Ross Turpeau in July.