The Heights Schools Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, welcomes its newest executive director, Laura Schwartz Loebl.
A 1987 graduate of Heights High School, Loebl has built a 30+ year career in non-profit development and marketing, corporate communications, and sales. Prior to joining the Heights Schools Foundation, she was the Development Director at Mandel Jewish Day School in Beachwood.
After living in Houston, Texas for more than 20 years, Loebl returned home to Cleveland in 2016. During her career, Loebl worked in development and project management for various non-profit agencies, eventually opening a marketing and fundraising firm that was recognized in the top 15 in the Houston market. She has worked in the oil and gas industry, was a commodities trader for seven years and prior to moving to Cleveland served as the director of advancement in an independent school.
“As a proud alumna and champion of Tiger Nation, I’m thrilled to take on this important role of leading the Heights Schools Foundation,” Loebl said. “It’s a tremendous honor to be able to serve the schools and the community that have done so much for me.”
In the community, Loebl served on the board of the Anti-Defamation League, and volunteered with Junior League Houston and Holocaust Museum Houston. Currently, she is the auction chair of the University Hospitals Five-Star Gala.
“Laura’s wealth of experience makes her perfect for this position, and I am looking forward to seeing how her leadership advances our support of students through scholarships, classroom enrichment, and more,” said CH-UH Schools Superintendent Liz Kirby.
“The Foundation is in a strong position for continued growth,” said Dr. Susan D. Carver, President of the Heights Schools Foundation Board of Trustees. “Our board is thrilled to welcome Laura and assist her in taking the Foundation to its next level of fundraising, community and alumni engagement, and CH-UH district support.”
Loebl attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, is married to Bryan and is mom to 17-year-old twins Bex and Charlie. In her spare time, she raises chickens and enjoys reading and travel.
The Heights Schools Foundation was created in 2016, building upon decades of alumni work, fundraising, and programming. Its mission is to “engage alumni and community members to celebrate our past, embrace our present and support our future.” The Foundation’s first executive director, Julianna Johnston Senturia, left in July 2022 to become the executive director of Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. Deanna Bremer Fisher served as the Interim Administrator from July through October.