JumpStart‘s Board of Directors has named Julie Jacono as its new CEO.
Jacono is currently Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at The MetroHealth System. She will begin the onboarding process in late December, and will succeed founding CEO Ray Leach, who recently departed after nearly 20 years.
Her selection follows a national search process spanning more than six months and evaluating more than 275 candidates from across the country. In its search, the board’s primary objective was to identify a leader who could build on JumpStart’s 20-year legacy, and lead the organization forward in its work to unlock the full potential of entrepreneurship to transform communities.
Jacono spent the past decade at MetroHealth, where she has led initiatives to improve community health outcomes and advance health equity. She led MetroHealth’s efforts to commercialize tech innovation, forming and raising capital for three start-up companies focused on new healthcare models. Both her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and MBA are from Case Western Reserve University. She also participated in Harvard Business School’s advanced management program, and was included in the Crain’s Cleveland Business “Notable in Healthcare” list.
JumpStart is a Cleveland, OH-based venture development organization providing capital, services and connections to help entrepreneurs grow and corporations innovate.