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University development director

Joan Horsburgh Ainsworth, American University development director. Certified fund raising executive 1994. Named Honorary Mayor City of Cleveland, 1989.


Ainsworth, Joan Horsburgh was born on December 30, 1942 in Cleveland. Daughter of Donald Francis and Elaine Mildred Horsburgh.


Bachelor, Wells College, 1965. Master of Business Administration, Case Western Reserve University, 1986.


Social worker San Diego County (California) Welfare Department, 1966-1968. Social worker, volunteer coordinator Washtenaw County (Michigan) Juvenile Court, Ann Arbor, 1968-1970. Administrative assistant to president Medical Ventures, Ltd., Cleveland, 1985-1986.

Director Project MOVE, Office of Mayor City of Cleveland, 1986-1989. Director development and president's programs Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1989-1997, director special gifts and principal projects, 1997-1998, director development College Arts and Sciences, 1998-2001, assistant dean for development College Arts and Sciences, 2001—2004. Senior development officer Cleveland Museum Art, since 2006.


  • Certified fund raising executive 1994.


Trustee, vice president Children's Aid Society, Cleveland, 1989-2004, president, 1997-2004. Trustee, chair development Project: LEARN, Cleveland, 1990-1996. Past trustee, community volunteer Junior League Cleveland, Inc., since 1971.

Active Volunteer Ohio, 1987-1996. Trustee, executive committee member Applewood Centers Inc., since 2004. Member of Council for Advancement and Support of Education, National Association Fundraising Professionals (cert, chair publicity Greater Cleveland chapter 1994-1996).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: flying, tennis, boating, traveling.


Married Richard B. Ainsworth Junior, October 30, 1965. Children: Richard B. III, Alison.

Donald Francis

Elaine Mildred Horsburgh

Richard B. Ainsworth Junior

Richard B. III Ainsworth

Alison Ainsworth