The GreenLight Fund (GreenLight) has named Tara Noland executive director of GreenLight Cincinnati, GreenLight’s third expansion site outside of Boston, MA. As the first executive director, Noland will lead the launch and growth of GreenLight Cincinnati. “Tara is a proven social entrepreneur with an abiding commitment to building a better Cincinnati for all its residents, particularly those most vulnerable,” said Scott Robertson, of RCF Group and Chair of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee.
Noland is a familiar face in the nonprofit community, most recently serving as director, development for 4C for Children. Tara earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky in 2012. She is a past board member of the Junior League of Cincinnati, and was a member of C-Change, Class 4 and WeLead, Class 10. She was named one of Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 by the Business Courier and a YWCA Rising Star in 2012.
“Tara will create a strong, vibrant GreenLight Cincinnati to bring innovative, measurable approaches to addressing the area’s critical social issues.” said Margaret Hall, GreenLight’s national executive director. Founded in Boston in 2003, the GreenLight Fund identifies innovative, high-performing nonprofits in cities across the country and supports their successful expansion into the community when they show the results needed to have a significant and measurable impact on critical local needs. GreenLight has a long-standing partnership with Boston’s entrepreneurial business, private equity and venture capital sectors, and aims to attract a similar level of leadership, guidance and support from members of these communities in Cincinnati.
With lead funding by the Deaconess Associations Foundation, the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, Interact for Health, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati Children’s, United Way Greater Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Business Committee and others, GreenLight Cincinnati is the GreenLight Fund’s third site outside of Boston. It will support expansion of nonprofit programs that can make a significant and measurable difference for Cincinnati’s low-income, urban children and families in key areas such as youth development, education, health and work force development.