Krebs Promoted to Vice President of Grants and Community Initiatives

Stark Community Foundation is pleased to announce Amy B. Krebs has been promoted to vice president of grants and community initiatives. In this new leadership role, she will continue to oversee the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking, and will assume responsibility for the Foundation’s strategy, evaluation and research activities as well as provide oversight to our neighborhood revitalization work.

“Amy has played an instrumental role in helping Stark Community Foundation grow from a simple grantmaker to a community leader seeking long-term solutions to diverse community challenges,” said Mark J. Samolczyk, president and CEO of Stark Community Foundation. “We’re looking forward to Amy’s continued leadership as we work together with our family of donors and community partners to drive positive outcomes for Stark County.”

Krebs joined Stark Community Foundation in 2008 and has worked in various capacities including communications, donor services and program development. She has most recently served as director of grants and community initiatives since 2013, during which time she has led the Foundation’s multi-year effort to fight food insecurity in Stark County. She has also transformed the overall competitive grantmaking process for the Foundation and spearheaded a comprehensive community assessment rooted in data.

“I am inspired by the many organizations I’ve had the opportunity to learn about while at the Foundation, as well as those who work tirelessly to benefit the community,” said Krebs. “Charging us to help support these community efforts is our growing family of donors and I am honored to be part of a team that works hard to accomplish this goal.”

Prior to joining the Foundation, Krebs wrote and prepared local, state and federal grants for The Salvation Army in Akron as a communications and public relations specialist. She also helped implement a new electronic election system as a voter outreach specialist for Diebold, and worked as a news assistant for WKYC Channel 3 News in Cleveland.

A resident of North Canton, Krebs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass media communications from the University of Akron, a Master of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in public relations from Kent State University and accreditation in public relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America. She is a graduate of the 27th class of Leadership Stark County, a member of Stark County Family Council and serves on the Recipient Approval and Evaluation Committee of the Homeless Continuum of Care of Stark County.

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