The 8th Annual Maltz Heritage Award honoring Carole F. Hoover & Vanessa L. Whiting

May 24, 7:00 pm

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce Carole F. Hoover & Vanessa L. Whiting as the recipients of the 8th Annual Maltz Heritage Award for being a force of positive change in the community.

Carole F. Hoover and Vanessa L. Whiting will be presented with the Maltz Heritage Award on May 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm during a virtual celebration that will recognize their transformational leadership, civic engagement, and philanthropic contributions in Northeast Ohio.


Founded with the mission to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage presents exhibitions and programs that explore diverse stories around identity, culture, and connection. The Maltz Heritage Award is the Museum’s largest fundraising event of the year, enabling us to continue offering robust programming year round.

About the honorees:

Carole F. Hoover

For more than 50 years Carole F. Hoover has built a career that has blended civil rights, support of Northeast Ohio’s businesses, civic leadership and philanthropy. Carole Hoover is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoover Milstein, a partnership formed in 1999 between Carole F. Hoover and Howard P. Milstein of New York City to provide financial services and real estate development.

Hoover joined the Greater Cleveland Growth Association — now Greater Cleveland Partnership — in 1971 to lead its efforts to support minority-owned businesses. When she rose to the position of president and CEO of the organization in 1994, she became the first African-American woman to lead a major chamber of commerce. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic and has spearheaded many Cleveland community development efforts such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Gateway sports and entertainment complex, and the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Vanessa L. Whitting

Vanessa L. Whiting is president of A.E.S Management Corp, the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisee in Northeast Ohio. She is an attorney who has been recognized as one of this area’s top 100 lawyers by Northern Ohio Live, and whose work in economic and community development has helped many. In 1995, she launched her own firm, where she focused on neighborhood-enhancing developments such as affordable housing and community centers.

She is chair of the MetroHealth board of trustees and serves on the boards of the Tri-C Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Fairmount Presbyterian Church and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Vanessa Whiting, Chair of the Karamu House Capital and Sustainability Campaign is also a Life Member of the NAACP, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was named the Black Professional of the Year for 2019 by the Black Professional Association Charitable Foundation and most recently was appointed to the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees by Governor Mike DeWine.