Cara Dingus Brook

Advisory Board
Cara Dingus Brook
Community Development Representatives

President and CEO
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

Cara Dingus Brook is President and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), a regional community foundation that serves 32 counties in Appalachian Ohio. Under her leadership, FAO has tripled its assets, generated more than $10 million in funding to advance entrepreneurial and educational developments, led the formation of six local community foundation efforts, and incubated the Ohio Appalachian Business Council and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth to generate new opportunity in the region. Before joining FAO, Ms. Dingus Brook was the Southeast Ohio District Representative for Senator George Voinovich and the manager of Appalachian Ohio Giving, a multi-sector partnership promoting philanthropy as a community and economic development tool. She received a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in public administration from Ohio University.