The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Leon Wilson is the Chief Technology and Information Officer for the Cleveland Foundation, where he leads an IT team, focusing on strategic initiatives to help position the foundation as a leader in the use of technology in all areas of its work.
Leon brings more than 20 years of senior level technology experience to the NTEN community. In his previous recent role as Senior Director for Technology & Data Engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), Leon advised executive staff, board and advisory committee members on strategic planning initiatives and significant technology investments that would positively impact both the internal structure at MNA as well as the IT service offerings to MNA’s external nonprofit clients through its Highway T program. He also played a role providing strategic and executive leadership for MNA’s former high-profile data analytics program, Data Driven Detroit, and other nonprofit sector-based technology initiatives.
Prior to his work at MNA, Leon held a number of internal and consulting IT leadership positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Minnesota, Federal-Mogul Corporation, Chrysler, RR Donnelly, and Deluxe as well as positions at General Mills and the IRS. Wilson has also served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan (and other two and four year colleges), where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses within the MIS discipline.
Leon earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and also had a distinguished military career with the U.S. Army Reserve, where he was a commissioned officer, earning multiple badges, medals and commendations along with completing airborne paratrooper and air-assault training.
Past Lifetime Achievement Winners:
- 2015: David Krumlauf, Pierce Family Charitable Foundation
- 2014: Lynn Labieniec, Beaconfire
- 2013: Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV’s Center for Media and Democracy
- 2012: Rob Stuart, Evolve Strategies
- 2011: Judy Hallman, RTPNet
- 2010: Ed Happ, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- 2009: Daniel Ben Horin, TechSoup
- 2008: Vince Stehle, Media Impact Funders
- 2007: Gavin Clabaugh, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation