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Kelley Griesmer Promoted to Leadership Role at The Columbus Foundation

COLUMBUS, OH (March 29, 2017)Kelley Griesmer,  J.D., CAP®, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of The Columbus Foundation, effective immediately. Griesmer will continue to serve as Manager, Walter Family Philanthropy.

“From her time as a partner at the Jones Day law firm, to her experience as the second employee, a key builder, and COO of Pelotonia, to her great work at The Columbus Foundation over the past year on projects from The Big Table to Columbus Kindness Month, Kelley has proven herself as richly deserving of this leadership role at The Columbus Foundation,” said Douglas F. Kridler, President and CEO.

Griesmer joined the Foundation in 2016 as Director of Special Projects to oversee capacity building support for key partnerships, including The Big Table, the Gifts of Kindness Fund, and other online philanthropic initiatives.  She was also named Manager, Walter Family Philanthropy Projects. 

 “I am so grateful for the extraordinary opportunities that the Foundation has afforded me to assist in strengthening and improving our community, and look forward to the increased service I can provide with this new role,” Griesmer said.

From 2011 through 2015, Griesmer served as COO of Pelotonia, grassroots social movement that raises money to fund transformational cancer research, which she joined in 2008. Griesmer worked at Jones Day for 13 years, becoming a partner in 2002.

She is currently a member of the Center for Healthy Families Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Board of CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence. 

Griesmer graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s from Indiana University. She holds a juris doctorate degree with honors from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and was the recipient of the John J. Adams Memorial Award.

She lives in Gahanna with her husband Greg and son Keiran.


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March 29, 2017