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January 23, 2020 | Press Release

Wood named to leadership post for regional Boys & Girls Clubs

Ken Wood, an award-winning journalist and nonprofit communicator, has been named director of communications for the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, the organization created last year by the merger of Clubs in Cleveland, Akron, Lorain County and Erie County.

Wood has directed communications for Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland since 2015.

In his new role, he will oversee all internal and external communications for BGCNEO, which serves more than 8,600 kids at 39 locations in the region. Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe, fun places for kids ages 6-18 after school, focusing on healthy lifestyles, academic success and character.

“Ken’s ability to tell our stories and connect people to our mission has been invaluable,” said Ron Soeder, BGCNEO’s interim president and CEO.

Wood, who holds a journalism degree from Bowling Green State University, is the former head enterprise writer for Sun News, with work appearing on He won 11 national awards for in-depth and feature reporting and was honored 19 times by The Press Club of Cleveland.

Before joining BGCC, he was director of communications and marketing for the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy, where he co-authored the first comprehensive report on all land conservation in northern Ohio.

Wood serves on the board of directors of Footpath Foundation, which provides outdoor opportunities for kids in urban areas. A native of Strongsville, he lives in Brunswick.