Chief Development Officer
Laura Hnat is a fundraising and nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of experience in the social service, healthcare and religious sectors. In her role as Chief Development Officer, Laura supports the Bishop and serves the diocesan parishes by leading strategies to increase involvement and engagement and to grow resources to support the work of the church.
Prior to joining the diocese in November of 2015, Laura was on the executive team of Summa Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Summa Health, an Akron-based healthcare system. There she served in a number of leadership roles including System Director of Development and Director of Development Communications. Laura previously held various communication and development positons in the Greater Cleveland area.
Laura serves on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. She is a volunteer for the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament, a member of Athena Akron and a member of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council. Laura has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and did graduate studies at Wake Forest University. She is a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights.