Deborah D. Hoover

Deborah Hoover has served since 2007 as president and CEO of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, a private foundation based in Hudson, Ohio, with a mission to champion the entrepreneurial spirit. Ms. Hoover was instrumental in establishing the foundation's Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program, a Kauffman Campuses℠ Initiative, to spread entrepreneurship across liberal arts campuses; and in establishing NEOLaunchNET, formerly the Blackstone LaunchPad Program. Ms. Hoover spearheaded Morgan Foundation's decision to establish the Entrepreneurship Education Experiment, a research institute that advances the field of entrepreneurship education through leading edge research projects and programs. Ms. Hoover received the Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014 in the Educational Services & Nonprofit category.

Ms. Hoover served from 2013-2015 as chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaborative created in 2004 to advance the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio and she continues to represent the fund on the Team NEO Board of Directors. She is chair of the Advisory Council for Foundation Center – Midwest and in April, 2014 was elected to the national board of Foundation Center. Ms. Hoover serves on the board of trustees of Western Reserve Academy and is a board member of the National Council for the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Ms. Hoover earned her B. A. from Williams College and a master’s in the history of art from the University of Chicago. She continued graduate studies at George Washington University National Law Center where she earned a J.D. degree and was a member of the Law Review. She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, and Ohio. In 2004, Ms. Hoover completed the "Governing for Non-Profit Excellence Executive Education Program," and in 2010 she completed the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations, both held at Harvard Business School. Ms. Hoover holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from Baldwin Wallace University.