Burton D. Morgan Foundation Names New CEO

Please join us in welcoming our new CEO!  Following a thorough search of the Midwest region, Burton D. Morgan Foundation’s Board of Trustees  selected Daniel Hampu as the new President and CEO, effective July 1.

Hampu succeeds Deborah Hoover, who led the Foundation since 2007 and is embarking on the newest leg of her career as CEO of Entrepreneurship Education Consortium.

As a seasoned entrepreneur and former grantee, Hampu is eminently qualified to lead Morgan Foundation, which seeks to advance the free enterprise system and support entrepreneurs across Northeast Ohio and beyond through impactful grantmaking and ecosystem support.

Richard Seaman, Board Chair for Burton D. Morgan Foundation, commented, “With the help of a search firm, the Board conducted an extensive search to identify the best individual to lead Morgan Foundation.  While there were a number of highly qualified candidates, Dan became the most qualified candidate of choice.  His enthusiasm for the Foundation’s mission, vision, and donor intent, combined with his experience in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and familiarity with the Foundation, make us confident that he is the best person to lead Morgan Foundation to the next level.”

Hampu most recently served as Director of Investing and Venture Capital Startup Advisor for Bounce Innovation Hub in Akron, which was launched in 2018 to serve Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses.  He is also the Cofounder and Program Manager of the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF), a unique student-run venture capital program that provides funding to startups in Northeast Ohio and teaches students about investing and due diligence. NEOSVF is currently a program administered by Bounce.

While leading NEOSVF, Hampu created and managed an internship program with Interstate Fusion Ventures, a local venture capital firm.

Prior to joining Bounce, Hampu served as Chief Operating Officer for Fontus Blue, an Akron-based startup that partners with utilities across the United States and globally to provide exceptional drinking water for their customers through their software platform, Decision Blue®.  Hampu currently serves as Vice President and Board Member for the organization.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from Mount Union College, Hampu went on to earn an MBA in finance and Juris Doctor from The University of Akron. 

“I am extremely honored to be selected as the next President and CEO of the Morgan Foundation,” said Hampu.  “The Foundation has done great work and has had a tremendous impact on organizations and entrepreneurs in and out of Northeast Ohio under Deborah’s leadership.  I am excited to work with the Trustees and the staff to continue to support Burt’s mission, vision, and intent to advance the free market system and support entrepreneurs in the ecosystem.”