Chip Edelsberg, PhD, consults with organizations on achieving greater measures of excellence. Chip brings 35 years of public and social sector leadership experience to his work. He focuses on assisting chief executives, senior professionals, and board members to develop skills essential to high performance in the 21st Century. Chip’s expertise is applied both at the organizational and individual levels in planning, project management, problem solving, and coaching engagements.
As founding Executive Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation, one of the 100 largest foundations in the United States, Chip provided leader/manager direction for all aspects of the Foundation’s operations.
The Foundation awarded $440 million dollars of grants during the period 2006-2016. For nearly a decade prior to this employment, Chip was Director of Endowments and Vice-President of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. He led and managed a program of philanthropy which contributed $650 million dollars to beneficiary institutions and organizations.
For fifteen years, Chip served as a teacher and public-school administrator. He was Director of Curriculum and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Dublin (Ohio) and Superintendent of Oberlin, Ohio City Schools. In these positions, Chip interacted with diverse stakeholders and competing constituencies to build consensus and to generate financial commitment for public education initiatives designed to enhance student well-being and academic achievement.
Leslie and Chip have been married for 44 years. They are proud parents of sons Eric and Zack and loving grandparents of four wonderful grandchildren.