Cory Isler, YNPN Cleveland Member


YNPN Cleveland Member Cory Isler’s educational background includes obtaining Bachelor of Arts in Music and Arts Management and a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University. Thanks to a college mentor, Cory connected with BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence before his undergraduate graduation and learned about their great work for nonprofits and businesses. He decided to do an informational interview with BVU’s CEO to learn about their work, then applied to a job opening there several months later, and thus began his work with the organization. He now works as Associate Director of Education and Nonprofit Engagement at BVU.

Cory uses his management skills to handle educational seminars and events to engage and train both nonprofit and business leaders in Northeast Ohio. When asked about his favorite part of his day-to-day work, Cory said, “My favorite part of my job is when I’m able to get out of my office and hear from other nonprofits about new and exciting programs they are doing, or the challenges they are facing at their own organizations and larger issues in the nonprofit sector.”

Maintaining his love of music and art, he serves on the Blossom Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra, is the baritone soloist and section leader at Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, and tries to stay active as a professional musician throughout greater Cleveland. Additionally, in his free time, Cory likes to see as much theater as possible, cook, try new restaurants, enjoy a good beer, and spend time with his dog, Annie, and cat, Rocky.

Originally from Massillon, Ohio, Cory loves living in Cleveland because it feels simultaneously like a big city with great arts and culture, museums, restaurants, and parks to enjoy, and a tight-knit community. Part of Cory’s connection to the community in the Cleveland area includes his involvement with YNPN Cleveland. He believes YNPN Cleveland serves as a great connector in the nonprofit community particularly because not all organizations include other young professionals. YNPN gives him and others the opportunity to connect with fellow YPs and speak about their work in the nonprofit sector.

If you’d like to connect with Cory and discuss theater, music, his work experiences, or to learn why he’d love to have Martha Stewart as his mentor, he can be reached by email at or on LinkedIn.

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