Global Cleveland Board of Directors

Executive Committee

David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Case Western Reserve University | Chairman of the Board

Keith Libman, Partner, Bober, Marker, Fedorovich & Co. | Vice Chairman of the Board, Finance Committee Chairman

Oren Baratz, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, The Jewish Federation of Cleveland | Policy Committee Chairman

Ed Bell, President & Senior Managing Director, Wealth Management, Gries Financial, LLC | Development Committee Chairman

Albert Ratner, Partner, RMS Investment Corporation | Co-Chairman Emeritus

Joe Marinucci, President and CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance | Governance Committee Chairman

Judge Dan Polster, Federal Judge, US District Court of the Northern District of Ohio | Finance Committee

Board of Directors

Mayor Annette Blackwell, Mayor, Maple Heights | Policy Committee

Lisa Blanchard, People Systems and Analytics Lead, Rapid Response Monitoring | Policy Committee

Abby Bruell, Volunteer | Policy Committee

Matt Carroll, Chief Economic Growth and Opportunity Officer, Cuyahoga County

Jim Cavoli, President and COO, Swagelok | Development Committee Vice Chairman

Patrick Espinosa, Managing Partner, Sus Abogados Latinos

Hiroyuki Fujita, Founder & CEO, Quality Electrodynamics

William Gary, Executive Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development Division, Cuyahoga Community College | Policy Committee

Dr. John Holcomb, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Interim Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Elise James-DeCruise, Chief Diversity Officer, The Ad Council

Colin Jennings, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP

Sanjiv Kapur, Partner, Jones Day

Margarita S. Krncevic, Of Counsel, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP | Policy Committee

Ryan Kozak, Senior Managing Director of Government and Nonprofit Finance, Huntington Bank | Policy Committee

David Leopold, Partner/Group Leader, Immigration, Ulmer & Berne | Policy Committee

Joe Marinucci, President and CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Claudia O’Brien, Chief Operations Officer, O’Brien Construction

Ryan Puente, Chief Government Affairs Officer, City of Cleveland

Girish Rao, Director of Information Solutions, Lubrizol | Governance Committee

Radhika Reddy, Partner, Ariel International Center, LLC | Policy Committee

Ronn Richard, President & CEO, Cleveland Foundation

Robert Rosing, President & CEO, Dwellworks, LLC

Chad Salahshour, President & CEO, 911 Cellular Ltd.

Baju Shah, Senior Fellow for Innovation, Cleveland Foundation

Kevin Smith, Senior Director, Executive Education & Strategic Engagement at College of Business at The University of Akron | Governance Committee & Policy Committee

Thomas Snowberger, Chief Human Resources Officer, University Hospitals | Policy Committee

Norman Steiner, Vice President of Business Development, Medical Mutual of Ohio

Daniel Walsh, Chief Executive officer, Citymark Capital, LLC

Megan Wilson, Chief of Staff, Cleveland Foundation | Governance Committee

Margaret Wong, President & Managing Partner, Margaret Wong & Associates Co., LPA

Sheila Wright, Executive Vice President, Policy Advisor to Albert Ratner, The Good Community Foundation

Global Cleveland Staff

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Joe Cimperman


Prior to joining Global Cleveland as its top executive, Joe Cimperman served 18 years on the Cleveland City Council, where he distinguished himself as a champion of the diverse peoples and cultures of Greater Cleveland. Joe, an immigrant’s son, grew up in a Slovenian-speaking household on East 74thStreet in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood of Cleveland. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University, where he was elected president of the student body. In 1997, he began the first of seven terms on Cleveland City Council. His diverse ward included the businesses and corporate offices of downtown as well as the cultures of Asiatown, Tremont, Ohio City, and the old neighborhood. Joe, a German Marshall Fellow, assumed the leadership of Global Cleveland in April of 2016. He and his wife, Nora, live in Ohio City with their two young children.