Alumnus Kathy Fox has been selected as a Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow

Alumnus Kathy Fox, BS LArch ’80, has been selected as a Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fellow. As a SC2 Fellow, Kathy will be working with Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone, who has assembled an aggressive agenda to improve economic development, city service delivery and regional cooperation in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Kathy will support Mayor Sammarone's vision via a new post as Youngstown's Chief Administrative Officer. During the two year fellowship, Kathy will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, providing strategic counsel and institutional knowledge. 

About Kathy

Since 1993 Kathleen Fox has served as the Executive Director of the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, which oversees state capital improvement funds for community cultural facility projects including non-profit theaters, museums, historical sites and publicly owned professional sports venues. Prior to her work with the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, Kathy was the founding executive director of the Capitol Square Foundation, a non-profit organization established to assist with the restoration of Ohio’s state capital building and grounds. In this role, she oversaw a multi-million dollar capital campaign, directed a statewide public awareness campaign and created educational programs. Kathy is a registered Landscape Architect, past national Vice President of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and past Chair of the ASLA Council of Fellows. She is also a past chair of the Ohio Arts Council’s Design Arts Panel and Art in Public Places Panel, the Ohio Historic Sites Preservation Advisory Board, and the past president of the Columbus Metropolitan Club. Kathy serves on the boards of Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment, The Ohio State University College of Engineering External Advisory Board, and the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts.

About the SC2 Fellowship  

With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and through a partnership amongst The German Marshall Fund of the US, Cleveland State University, Virginia Tech, and HUD, 17 SC2 Fellows have been placed in seven pilot US cities for two years beginning in Fall 2012 to help strengthen neighborhoods, cities and regions by enhancing the capacity of local governments to develop and execute economic visions and strategies.

About the German Marshall Fund of the US (GMF)

Founded in 1972 by a gift from the people of Germany as a permanent memorial to the United State's Marshall Plan assistance, GMF is a non-partisan policy and grant making institution with programs on both sides of the Atlantic. GMF's Urban and Regional Policy Program serves as a resource and network builder for individuals and groups who make, influence and implement urban and regional policy by promoting practical, hands-on exchanges and networking activities.


To find out more about the SC2 Fellowship and to read the full press release, visit the German Marshall Fund of the United States website.