New Executive Director, Kenneth Clarke


The Board of Trustees of Rescue Village is pleased to announce that Kenneth Clarke has been selected as its next Executive Director. Ken assumed his new position on March 16.

Ken has spent more than two decades in executive leadership positions at some of the Midwest’s leading nonprofit, educational, and cultural organizations, including the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and the Shedd Aquarium, both in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a Director of Development at The Ohio State University. His most recent position was at VividFront, a Cleveland-based award-winning digital marketing agency, where he worked on a startup with the owner and other partners as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Previously, he worked at JumpStart, Inc., where he served as Director of Strategic Initiatives. Ken has earned a reputation for leadership excellence and has demonstrated prowess in the areas of strategic vision, financial management, marketing, and fundraising.

Ken is a native of Northeast Ohio and currently lives in Bath with his wife, daughter, family rescue dog, and a small flock of backyard chickens. “I’m thrilled to join the mission of Rescue Village, a dynamic organization whose passionate people proactively care about the welfare of animals, and their humans, in Northeast Ohio.”

Board President Kathy Leavenworth reports that “Ken has a distinct blend of leadership skills, compassion and strategic vision that make him an ideal candidate to lead Rescue Village and we are delighted to have him join our team.”

We have great confidence that the important vision and mission of Rescue Village will continue to prosper and grow under Ken’s leadership.

March 18th, 2021