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Barberton Community Foundation selects Josh Gordon as new executive director

Josh Gordon has been selected as the new leader of the Barberton Community Foundation.

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BARBERTON  The Barberton Community Foundation has selected a longtime Barberton resident who has served in various capacities with the foundation as its next executive director.

Josh Gordon sounds eager and ready to jump in to the new role. He has a history of working with the foundation over the past decade. He has served as a donor, board member, Educational Excellence committee chairperson, vice chair and chair of the board, and as a Friend of the Foundation, according to a news release from the BCF.

“I am delighted to serve as the next executive eirector of this amazing institution,” Gordon said in the news release.
“Though I have spent time involved with the organization in various capacities in the past, I am excited to work with our outstanding board and team to understand how to deepen our positive impact.
“I have a lot to learn, and like learning by asking questions,” he continued. “The first question I’ll ask is – if something is good for Barberton, what is the best way for the Foundation to be a partner?
“I really want to help everyone understand how the Foundation works. The more clear our role in the community is, the better partner we can be in everyone’s shared goal of building upon the positive momentum that is happening in the Magic City!”

Touted as an “enthusiastic community volunteer and advocate,” the news release states Gordon has worked on a variety of projects with the city of Barberton and the Barberton City School District to promote the community.

“Josh is an experienced leader with an exceptional communications background and a true passion for Barberton,” Jason Slater, chairperson of the Board of Directors of Barberton Community Foundation, said in the news release. “I look forward to welcoming him to the Foundation in this new capacity.”

Before entering the world of marketing communications, Gordon had more than two decades of professional experience, beginning with radio, TV, and award-winning print journalism. He had various leadership positions in business, including leading marketing at an Akron-based software company and later as the global leader of marketing communications for ZimmerBiomet Surgical, a $600M+ division of global medical device company ZimmerBiomet, the news release states.
Recently, he served as president at Full Spectrum Marketing in Akron. In his time with the firm it has grown over 9,200%, helped pass school levies in Barberton and other communities, in addition to serving the global business community with clients like Timken, Arctic Cat, as well as local and regional businesses.

Barberton Community Foundation’s Board of Directors will welcome Josh Gordon as executive director at its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024.

Gordon and his wife have four children enrolled in the Barberton City School District. Gordon also serves as the chair of the Promotions Committee for Main Street Barberton and is a board member at Red Oak Behavioral Health, an organization that provides school-based mental and behavioral health services for K-12 students throughout Northeast Ohio.

Tiffany Peters, the foundation’s Director of Finance, has been serving as interim executive director.

Established in 1996, Barberton Community Foundation has awarded over 8,500 grants and scholarships totaling more than $109 million since its inception. To read more about Barberton Community Foundation visit or follow BCF on Facebook at

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