LEXINGTON, Ky. — United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) recently announced the appointments of two new vice presidents to its executive management team. The nonprofit hired Sean Ross as vice president, resource development, and promoted Jonathan Kohn to vice president, community impact.
Ross will lead the organization’s development team and fundraising efforts across the region, to include transforming UWBG’s fundraising apparatus into Central Kentucky’s leading force for corporate relations, major gifts and revenue diversification.
Before joining UWBG, Ross served as director of major gifts for Kentucky State University, and previously worked as associate director of leadership giving at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Prior to entering a fundraising career, he served in a variety of coaching and recruitment rolls for the Wittenberg football program. Ross helped transform advancement offices at both higher learning institutions and helped increase revenue and leadership giving through impactful fundraising campaigns, engagement events and strong donor relations strategies.
A native of Pennsylvania, Ross resides in Lexington, Ky. He is a graduate of Waynesburg University (Penn.) and completed his master’s in education from Westminster College (Penn.). He is a recent graduate of the 2019-20 Leadership Central Kentucky class.
Kohn was appointed to the role of vice president, community impact. Kohn will lead the organization’s transformative collective impact strategy and will manage teams and efforts related to programming, community outreach, agency relations and grant funding. Kohn has been a member of the UWBG team since 2014 and served as the director of community impact prior to his promotion. Kohn has been involved in many aspects of the organization’s management over the last six years, including program evaluation, grants management, program design and monitoring, and fund distribution.
Prior to his work at UWBG, Kohn spent the first eight years of his career focused on electoral politics wherein he served in various leadership positions on campaigns large and small across the country. This work eventually landed Kohn and his family in Washington, D.C, where he lobbied congress and oversaw national political campaigns on behalf of major labor organizations.
Kohn is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., and completed his undergraduate studies in political science at Widener University outside of Philadelphia, Penn. In 2011 he earned his master’s in public administration in nonprofit management through the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy.
Kohn lives in Lexington with his wife Amanda and their three children.