David Fleshler, J.D.,
Chairman, Vice Provost International Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
David Fleshler arrived at Case Western Reserve University in May 2009, and he now serves as the vice provost for international affairs. In this role, he leads the Office of Global Strategy, which provides university-level vision and leadership for international
activities across campus. David works in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to enhance the university’s international focus. He also works to identify and pursue strategic partnerships with local, state, national and international organizations.David
received his AB from the University of Michigan and JD from Boston College Law School. He resides in Cleveland with his wife and two daughters.
Keith J. Libman, CPA,
Treasurer; Partner, Bober Markey Fedorovich & Co.
Keith J. Libman is a partner of Bober Markey Fedorovich, an Ohio‐based regional CPA and advisory firm serving public, private and nonprofit organizations in the areas of tax compliance and planning, accounting and assurance, and business advisory services.Focusing
on growth and the continued success of his clients, Keith delivers high level advisory services to the firm’s clients in the areas of financial reporting, strategic planning, business advisory, and holds leadership positions with various professional
associations. Keith is actively engaged within the nonprofit and civic communities. Locally, Keith was an immediate past Vice Chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and has chaired the Strategic Planning, Administrative and Retirement Committees.
Keith currently serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way, Vice President of the Maltz Museum, immediate past Board Chair of the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, and is a highly engaged Life Trustee of The Temple Tifereth Israel. His longtime
involvement with Menorah Park Center for Senior Living included serving as board chair and a life trustee. Keith has recently joined the Board of Global Cleveland serving as Treasurer. Nationally, Keith serves as a Trustee of the Jewish Federation of
North America, serving as cochair of its Health & Long‐Term Care Committee, a member of its Domestic Policies and Public Affairs Council, and a member of the Audit Committee. Keith is also a board member of The Private Trust Company, a federally
charted national bank, and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Keith has received leadership awards from many organizations, including the American Jewish Committee’s Human Relations Distinguished Leadership Award, Menorah Park Center for Senior
Living’s Distinguished Leadership Award, and has been recognized on the Honor Role of Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was honored by The Cleveland Jewish News as a 2016 Difference Maker.
Secretary & Chair, Policy Committee; Director of International Operations, Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Jewish Federation, is responsible for overseeing the Department of International Operations, as well as the departments of Government Relations and Community Relations. He also oversees all Security issues
for the Jewish Federation and its community agencies. Additionally, he is on the Board of Global Cleveland, a community initiative for welcoming immigrants to Cleveland.Prior to joining the Federation, Oren was Project Director for an organization called
Atidim, which focuses on closing the socio-economic gap among youth in Israel. He retired after 28 years of service from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, in which he held a variety of positions commanding special operations units. Oren also served as
the Vice Consul of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto for three years. Oren has an Undergraduate Degree in Middle-Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. He has an Executive Masters in Business from Kellogg Business School.
Thomas W. Adler,
Chair, Development; Senior Advisor, Playhouse Square Real Estate Services
Tom started his business career in 1962 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. He became a Partner at Cragin, Lang, Free & Smythe in 1968 and was Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee there when he left in 1979
to be a co-founder of Adler Galvin Rogers, Inc. In 1986 AGR sold to a national real estate company, Grubb & Ellis. Tom served as President of the company’s Investment Services Group and in 1991, tired of extensive business travel, left and co-founded
Cleveland Real Estate Partners. Tom was Of-Counsel at the time Deloitte & Touche acquired CREP at the end of 1998. He currently serves in the pro-bono advisory position at PSF Management Company, which he helped form to manage the real estate assets
of Playhouse Square Foundation as well as those of other clients.During his real estate career, he was very active in leadership roles nationally, serving on the Boards of the National Association of Realtors, American Society of Real Estate Counselors,
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and in 1990 as National President of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. He also served in leadership positions with the Urban Land Institute. During the mid–1990’s, Tom began to transition
more and more of his time into the community and today, other than some real estate investments and a board position with Highwoods Properties, Inc., a large NYSE R.E.I.T., he devotes 100% of his time and energy to community service. In the general
community, his primary focus is the redevelopment of downtown Cleveland. He is immediate Past Chairman of Playhouse Square Foundation ( the largest performing arts center outside of NYC) and previously co-chaired the $27 million capital campaign for
Idea Center, a partnership between Playhouse Square Foundation and Ideastream. He served as Chairman of the Downtown Cleveland Partnership (2003-2005) and currently is a member of the Downtown Alliance Board and Executive Committee and chairs its Advisory
Committee. Tom is a past trustee of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and co-chaired their Regional Physical Development Committee. He was very involved with the Euclid Corridor Improvement Project and co-chaired the Stakeholders Committee. He
has served on the Visiting Committee of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees at CSU. His interest in urban revitalization is also focused in Shaker Heights, where he has
lived most of his life. He has been Finance Chair for three school levies and one tax levy campaign and was co-founding Trustee of Friends of Shaker Square. He has served as a real estate advisor, helping the City to implement their strategic redevelopment
plan, is a past Trustee of the Shaker Heights Fund for the Future and serves on the Shaker Schools Foundation Advisory Committee. Other community activities include having participated in the first Leadership Cleveland Class (1977-78) He is currently
Chair of Alumni. He is an officer, trustee and member of the Executive Committee of United Way Services where he serves as Co – Chair of the Philanthropist Society( formerly ten Plus) Campaign and as Chair of Planned Giving He is also a Trustee of The
Cleveland Red Cross, University Hospital and the Diversity Center of N.E.Ohio( formerly NCCJ ). Tom’s involvement within the Jewish Community is extensive. At the Jewish Community Federation, he is currently serving as a Trustee, member of the Executive
Committee and Chair of the Development Committee. He is past Chair of the Endowment Fund Committee, Human Resource Development and Planned Giving Committees. In 2004 he received the Gries Award given for outstanding service to both the Jewish &
General Community and he currently Chairs that committee and in 1979 he received the Kane Award for outstanding young leader. He is also a Life Trustee of the Cleveland Chapter American Jewish Committee (AJC) ,a Trustee of The Mt. Sinai Health Care
Foundation and a member of the Visiting Committee of the College of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of The Union Club, 50 Club, Bluecoats ,Oakwood Club( Pres. 1996-98) and The Pepper Pike Club. Tom and his wife, Joanie,
have been married for 47 years and have 3 wonderful and successful children. The oldest, Peggy, received her MFA degree from the University of Michigan and is now teaching writing and writing a novel in Israel. Sally received her graduate degree from
the Art Institute in Chicago and is an Art Therapist. Bill, the youngest, President and CEO True Fit Corp.
Director of Language & Community Access, MetroHealth System
Mari, a native of Mexico City, came to Cleveland as a young child with her family. Since then she has been very active in sharing, preserving and promoting the Hispanic/Latino cultures. She has devoted herself to educating Hispanics and non-Hispanics
about the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic Culture through multicultural, marketing and business development seminars, presentations, and workshops.A recognized expert on Hispanic issues, she has appeared on syndicated television and radio programs
and is a sought after keynote speaker and panelist; highly regarded as a dedicated media advocate for minority and women’s enterprise development. Her expertise and commitment, as well as her personal mission, is to keep reaching the diverse communities
in ways which enhance and enrich them all. Her background includes being the CEO of the Hispanic Cultural Center; Public Relations and Marketing Director for family owned Luchita’s Restaurants; Inc.; Vice-President of Family First Partners LLC; Human
Resources Liaison at McDonald & Co., Investments. She is a graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de México and is a 1998 Cleveland Leadership Alumni. She most recently heads the Language Access and Communication Services Department at MetroHealth
System. Active in the community, Mari serves/served the following organizations: Global Cleveland, LULAC, ICC-WIN, Amigas Unidas @ MetroHealth Systems, Ohio Arts Council; Cleveland Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art Cultural Series, McDonald &
Co., Investments, Diversity Task Force. Galindo believes that the arts should be increasingly looked at as a form of economic and educational development Mari has been honored by the public and private sectors for her many efforts and outstanding achievements.
Galindo is appreciated as a cultural diplomat and the City of Cleveland has designated and proclaimed May 9 as the Maria Elena Galindo Day. Mari resides in Strongsville, and is mother of two daughters and grandmother of three. Her mother Maria de la
Luz Galindo, Founder and President of Luchita’s Mexican Restaurants, is her role model and inspiration.
Dr. Valarie J. McCall,
Chair, Governance Committee; Chief of Government & International Affairs, City of Cleveland
Valarie J. McCall was named Chief of Government & International Affairs by Mayor Frank Jackson. In this position, Ms. McCall serves as the Administration’s primary liaison to local and state governments, and all federal and international agencies
and organizations. Ms. McCall oversees and administers the Jackson Administration’s appointments to internal and external boards and commissions. Ms. McCall is the Mayor’s primary representative to several national organizations, including, but not
limited to: the United States Conference of Mayors; National League of Cities and the National Black Caucus of Local and Elected Officials, to name a few. She is also charged with assisting Mayor Jackson with the implementation of his policy initiatives
designed to promote regional growth and cooperation, both nationally and internationally.Ms. McCall shares her energy with her community and currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Public Transit Association’s Executive Committee; the American
Public Transit Foundation and is currently Chair of the Transit Board Members Committee. In addition, Ms. McCall serves on the boards of The Cleveland Leadership Center; The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Destination Cleveland (CVB); The
Downtown Cleveland Improvement District; The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority; PolicyBridge; Global Cleveland; Greater Cleveland Sport’s Commission; St. Vincent Charity Development Foundation Board and the Cleveland 2016 Inc., Board, which
is the Host Committee for 2016 Republican National Convention and serves as the Chair of the City of Cleveland’s RNC 2016 Special Events Committee. In addition, Ms. McCall is on the Board of the Northeast Ohio Area wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA),
where she was the first African American female President. She also served on the board of GG9 (2014 Gay Games Host Organization). Ms. McCall serves as the Mayor’s representative to the Ohio Municipal League’s Board; Cuyahoga County Mayor’s and Managers
Association and the Northeast Ohio Mayors & Managers Association. Ms. McCall serves on the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Visiting Committee; the Government Affairs Committees of the United Way of Cleveland and the Center for Families
& Children and has served as a member of the advisory board of Cleveland State University’s Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice. Ms. McCall serves on the Executive Committees of both the Cuyahoga County & Ohio Democratic Parties and as
an Ohio Representative on the Democratic National Committee. Her accomplished leadership allowed Ms. McCall to travel internationally to multiple countries and serve as an American Council of Young Political Leaders Fellow to Japan. Ms. McCall, has
traveled to China, where she was a panel member at the United Nations International Development Organization’s Conference on Urban Agglomerations, which took place in Nanning, China and included a tour and meetings with high level officials in both
Shanghai and Beijing. Ms. McCall serves as a member of the Rouen Business Schools International Panel, which is located in Cleveland’s Sister City in Rouen, France. In 2003, Ms. McCall became an American Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund,
which fosters transatlantic partnerships to build international relations. Ms. McCall traveled to the Europe with the German Marshall Fund in the spring of 2003 met with European Union leaders in Prague, Czech, Hamburg and Berlin, Germany, Athens, Greece
and other important European cities. She had the opportunity to tour the Olympic headquarters in Athens before the 2004 Summer Games, which allowed her to examine organizational methods employed to bring about the games, and she was in Berlin at the
onset of the Iraqi War, which allowed her to take in initial European views of the war firsthand. Ms. McCall gained knowledge of Europe’s regional social and economic issues through this experience, which she has been able to incorporate into the ways
she assists Clevelanders in achieving their goals. Prior to being named Chief of Government Affairs to the Jackson Administration, Ms. McCall served as Cleveland City Council’s youngest City Clerk, Clerk of Council in the City’s history. Ms. McCall
brought energy and structure to the offices of Cleveland City Council. Sworn in to the office in May 2002, Ms. McCall streamlined the processing of legislation, installed an effective management team and reorganized the day-to-day operations of the
office to maximize efficiency. As Clerk of Council, Ms. McCall was the chief administrative officer for the Office of Cleveland City Council. Her duties included supervising the recording and retention of all official reports, communications and transcripts
delivered to Council and the certification of all legislation. Prior to becoming the Clerk of Council, Ms. McCall served as the City of Cleveland’s Director of the Empowerment Zone, where she was responsible for a $200 million budget. As Director, she
supervised the distribution of funds for job training and placement programs, as well as direct lending programs that assisted businesses in four targeted neighborhoods. Ms. McCall is member of the “Best Leadership Cleveland Class Ever” of 2007. She
was honored as the Woman of Color Foundation’s “STAR” Professional Woman of the Year. She was presented with the International Service Award from the Rotary Club of Cleveland; in addition, her achievements earned her the prestigious Cleveland State
University’s 2003 Alumni Emerging Leadership Award. Ms. McCall was also recognized by Ebony Magazine as a 2002-2003 Young Leader of the Future, was featured as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 40 under 40 and elected to Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 40/40
Club in 2002. Ms. McCall is the Host of an Advocacy show titled, “Government Affairs: A Closer Look” in which she interviews local officials on issues critical to the citizens of Cleveland. Ms. McCall served as Chairwoman of Mayor Jackson’s 2006 Inaugural
Committee, where she oversaw all planning aspects of the Inaugural Activities and Swearing in Ceremony. A native Clevelander, Ms. McCall grew up in the Glenville neighborhood and graduated from Martin Luther King Law & Public Services Magnet High
School. A former licensed social worker, she has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. In addition, Ms. McCall’s
was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree honoris causa (with all Rights, Privileges and Honors pertaining thereto) by Cleveland State University. Ms. McCall is a member of The Word Church, with Pastor R.A. Vernon and resides in the beautiful
City of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The Honorable Dan A. Polster,
Chair, Finance Committee; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
OH. Prior to his appointment, he served as a federal prosecutor in Cleveland for 22 years, first as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and then for 16 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, handling a wide variety of
fraud and corruption cases. Judge Polster is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B. cum laude, 1972) and Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1976). He and his wife, attorney Deborah Coleman, have three children.
Albert B. Ratner,
Founding Director; Co-Chairman Emeritus, Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
He has been in the commercial and residential real estate industry with Forest City since 1951. He served as the company’s chief executive officer from 1975 to 1995, when he, along with Samuel H. Miller, became co-chairman of the board.Ratner is well-known
as a long time community booster for Cleveland and a leader in its Jewish community. He is a life trustee of the Cleveland Jewish Community Federation and a member of the International Council of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In
the company’s hometown of Cleveland, Ratner was the driving force behind Forest City’s dramatic redevelopment of the Terminal Tower and the former Union Terminal into Tower City Center, a mixed-use complex with a multi-floor mall, office space and hotel.
He is currently an honorary trustee of Shoes & Clothes for Kids and is on the advisory committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Foundation. In the past, Ratner has served as a board member for civic groups, including the Cleveland Initiative
for Education, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the United Way. He has also served on corporate boards for American Greetings and RPM International. Nationally, he is on the board of governors of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and is an honorary
trustee of the Enterprise Foundation. Ratner is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in forestry. He also holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Long Island University and an honorary doctor of engineering degree from Polytechnic
University, both in Brooklyn, N.Y., Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, from both Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University. He currently sits on the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, Board of Directors for QED, Board of Directors
for Global Cleveland, and Advisory Board of the Ginn Academy. Among the many awards that he has received are the Agora Award from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the 2005 Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in
Partner, Ariel Ventures, LLC & Ariel International Center
comprehensive economic development financing incentives, supporting business attraction and expansion, and stimulating economic development in Ohio and nationally. Reddy serves on several boards, including the Ohio Governor’s Asian American Advisory
Board, New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, Global Cleveland, India Ohio Chamber of Commerce, The International Entrepreneurs, the Northeast Ohio International Business Network, International Community Council, and Asian Services in Action. Reddy served
on the Board of Regents Task Force for Commercialization of Technology, and the Global Markets Advisory Team for the State of Ohio. Reddy was awarded the 2007 Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Cleveland Leadership award and the 2002 International
Business Woman of the Year award for Northeast Ohio, among other awards and recognitions, including by Crains as a 2014 Woman of Note and by Inside Business as an Athena Award finalist. Reddy has an MBA in Finance & MIS from Case Western Reserve
University and a Masters in Accounting/Taxation from Cleveland State University. In 1997, Reddy co-founded Ray of Light International to provide food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and education to destitute women, children, and the aged, with a focus
on third-world countries.
Board of Directors
Edward J. Bell,
President, Gries Financial, LLC
Ed served in client management roles with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and International Management Group (IMG). Ed is an attorney who received his Juris Doctor from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his Bachelor
of Science degree in Accountancy from Miami University. Ed has the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and is a CPA (inactive). He is active in the community and previously served as the Chair of Providence House, a crisis nursery located
on Cleveland’s near west side.
Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita,
Ph.D., Founder, President, and CEO Quality Electrodynamics, LLC
research and coil product development for major global original equipment manufacturers (OEM) which, when combined, capture the majority of global market share in MRI systems. Dr. Fujita is the author of 16 patents and has published more than 40 technical
papers and abstracts over the past 10 years. He is a Fellow and respected leader in the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). Dr. Fujita serves as Adjunct Full Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, and Radiology, Department
of Radiology, School of Medicine, at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland, Australia. He serves on the Board of Directors/Trustees
for numerous organizations, including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, Global Cleveland, Hawken School, and the President’s Visiting Committee and International Visiting Committee at Case Western
Reserve University. Dr. Fujita currently serves on the U.S. Manufacturing Council for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and is the CoChair of the Energy Policy Subcommittee. After attending Waseda University in Tokyo, Dr. Fujita came to
the United States of America, received a BA in mathematics and physics from Monmouth College, and a PhD in Physics from Case Western Reserve University. Forbes named QED and Dr. Fujita the 11 th in the Top 20 list of 2009 Forbes’ America’s Most Promising
Companies. Dr. Fujita was the winner for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Northeast Ohio in the category of Industrial Manufacturing. In recognition of growing a successful, hightech manufacturing company in the United States
of America, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Dr. Fujita to be an honored guest and sit in the First Lady’s Box at the 2012 State of the Union Address. Dr. Fujita received the 2013 Presidential Award for Export (“EAward”)
from the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was named one of the most influential 100 people for Japan in NIKKEI Business, January, 2014. In 2015, Dr. Fujita received the Consul General’s Commendation from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his
contribution to enhance the relationship between Japan and the United States of America.
William H. Gary, Sr.,
Executive Vice President, Workforce & Economic Development, Cuyahoga Community College
William H. Gary, Sr. has over 30 years experience in private and public sector management. His private sector experience includes operations management, human resources management, business development, government relations and legislative affairs in
industry sectors such as steel manufacturing, health care, information systems, telecommunications, aviation and manufacturing.On July 1, 2014, William joined Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) as Executive Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development,
reporting to Dr. Alex Johnson, Tri-C’s President. His responsibilities include managing and coordinating all college policy and programming pertaining to Workforce Training, Education, Community and Economic Development, community based partnerships
and activities, and assisting Tri-C’s President with community and business outreach initiatives. Since joining Tri-C, William has completely restructured Tri-C‘s Workforce Division and changed the paradigm of program development and delivery to ensure
alignment with the business needs of employers and individuals seeking jobs at sustainable livable wages. Tri-C’s current areas of focus include the establishment of six Centers of Excellence, designed to offer high-quality, industry-relevant courses
and training that use state-of-the-art facilities to provide the comprehensive, hands-on training students need to gain a competitive edge in today’s market. The College’s six Centers of Excellence are the Division of Nursing Education, the Public Safety
Training Institute, the Center of Creative Arts, the Hospitality Management Center, the Center for Information Technology, and the Manufacturing Technology Center. Prior to joining Tri-C, he served, for 14 years, as Vice President, Workforce Development
for Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the nation’s second largest community college, and Virginia’s largest institution of higher learning. Reporting to the President, he was responsible for overseeing and coordinating NOVA’s Workforce and
Economic Development organization with annual revenues in excess of $12 million, including providing support to regional workforce investment board and economic development initiatives, and strategic, college-wide leadership for the development and
delivery of workforce training and development programs to government, business and industry clients. He was a Founding Member of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board, and served as Chairman of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, the
largest Chamber of Commerce in Northern Virginia. Before joining NOVA, William served as Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for NavCom Systems, Inc., an aviation, telecommunications and manufacturing company; Computer Sciences Corporation as Director
of Human Resources and Director of Government Relations/Legislative Affairs; and held senior management positions with Johnson and Johnson, as Director of Personnel, and Lukens Steel Company as Technical Recruiter and Labor Relations Representative.
His board memberships include the Ohio Means Jobs Workforce Development Board, Fund for Our Economic Future, Global Cleveland, Tri-C Board of Visitors, and numerous Community-Based Organization initiatives to assure the economic and social vitality
of Northeast Ohio. In December, 2014, William was selected by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of its 2015 People to Watch in North East Ohio, and most recently selected as a North East Ohio “Game Changer” by Who’s Who in Black Cleveland, 2016 (Eleventh
Edition). Mr. Gary earned his B.A. Degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, and his M.A. Degree in Industrial Relations from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Investor and Developer
Fred Geis has been in the real estate business for over 30 years and is the co-founder and owner of Geis Companies, one of the largest industrial Design/Build firms in Ohio. Under his leadership, Geis Companies has built over 500 commercial projects, been engaged in over 3,000 acres of land development, and consistently continues to construct over 2 million square feet annually. More recently, Mr. Geis has served as the principal in the Company’s individual divisions of Hemingway Development, Geis Construction, Geis Properties, and GLSD Architects. He is currently focusing his efforts on developing urban projects. Mr Geis’s efforts are particularly focused on the growing need of technology and biomedical based research and manufacturing within the City of Cleveland.
Mr. Geis’s continued commitment towards Cleveland has led him to serve on Boards of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, as well as, the Board of Midtown, Cleveland Inc. and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
In addition to his dedication to business and economic development, Mr. Geis is also an active leader in three Geis Foundations that focus efforts and resources to the education of inner-city youths. Through these activities, Mr. Geis hopes to bring a business and development perspective to the urban development environment.
Ronald B. Richard,
President & CEO, The Cleveland Foundation
Ronn Richard has led the Cleveland Foundation since 2003. Within the last 30 years, he has held senior management positions in government, private enterprise and the nonprofit sector.Early in his career, Mr. Richard was a diplomat, serving at the American
consulate general in Osaka/Kobe, Japan, and at the U.S. State Department. He believes this background positioned him well for his work at the foundation, where diplomacy is key to collaboration. Mr. Richard’s 13 years at Matsushita Electric (Panasonic)
included stints heading the company’s North American research and development operations and one of its largest sales companies, which taught him that achievement and learning come only with risk and, sometimes, failure. Just before joining the foundation,
Mr. Richard was managing director and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. Mr. Richard serves on the board of directors of Global Cleveland, NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology, Hispanics in Philanthropy
and the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. He is board chair of Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation and Evergreen Cooperative Corporation, and lead director of the board of directors of Emergent Biosolutions, a public biopharmaceutical company.
He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and honorary doctorates from Baldwin Wallace University and Notre Dame College. In 2012, he was a scholar in residence at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School
of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy.
President & CEO, Dwellworks, LLC
With more than 30 years of executive experience in global relocation management and mortgage services, Bob Rosing is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dwellworks, LLC, a provider of support solutions to the global employee mobility industry.
Mr. Rosing has the responsibility of providing leadership and strategic direction to the Cleveland-headquartered organization, focusing on meeting diverse needs of a Fortune 1,000 customer base in the Americas and Europe, through offices and operations
in seven countries. Prior to Dwellworks, Mr. Rosing spent more than a decade in executive roles with Cleveland-based subsidiary companies of SIRVA Inc., beginning in 1995 as President of Cooperative Mortgage Services, Inc., and later as President of
SIRVA Relocation from 2002-2006. As President, Mr. Rosing was responsible for overseeing all business operations, and was accountable for the integration of operations and services globally.Mr. Rosing earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Xavier
University (Cincinnati) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He is passionate about championing innovative solutions in the service sector, and is an active participant in various panels and mobility industry
groups, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Worldwide ERC®, the mobility industry’s global trade organization. A native and lifelong Clevelander, Bob’s commitment to building a stronger community is demonstrated through his involvement
in several civic, cultural, and philanthropic organizations. His particular interest is education and civic support, as evidenced by his role on the Cleveland State University Foundation board, and as a member of the Board of Advisors for Cleveland
Central Catholic High School, which serves a population primarily of inner-city students with a challenging and inclusive educational program, and is known for having exemplary graduation rates and post-secondary achievement. Dwellworks has built a
strong local reputation as an employer of choice, earning multi-year honors among the Plain Dealer’s “Top Workplaces” and recognition for its innovative and extensive internship program, which develops a dozen local college students annually through
meaningful, fun, high-contribution internships across the company’s multiple service lines. The corporate headquarters in a historic Playhouse Square building reinforces the company’s commitment to fostering the growth and revitalization of the city
of Cleveland, and to providing opportunities to a growing number of knowledge workers attracted to the stimulating and entrepreneurial atmosphere an of a rejuvenated downtown marketplace.
Baiju R. Shah,
CEO, BioMotiv, LLC
Baiju R. Shah is Chief Executive Officer of BioMotiv and co-leader of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. He has extensive experience in supporting the launch of early-stage biomedical companies. Prior to BioMotiv, Mr. Shah was President
and CEO of BioEnterprise, a partnership of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Summa Health System, and University Hospitals. BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment and acceleration initiative that directly assists client
companies in securing resources and funding to support their growth, and also serves as a catalyst for major industry initiatives such as new capital sources, translational centers, and real estate projects. During Mr. Shah’s decade long tenure, the
initiative assisted in the creation, recruitment, and acceleration of more than 110 bioscience companies in Cleveland that collectively attracted $1.3 Billion in new funding, primarily from venture capital and private equity sources. The initiative’s
success has been recognized with several national awards and has helped establish the region as a recognized center of bioscience innovation.Shah serves on the Board of Invacare (NYSE: IVC) and on an Advisory Board of Citizens Bank (NYSE: CFG). Prior
to founding BioEnterprise, Shah was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he played a leading role in its Growth and Business Building practice. In the community, Shah serves on the Boards of Global Cleveland and Destination Cleveland. He
was also the founder and Chair of TiE Ohio and Summer on the Cuyahoga. Shah has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been recognized as one of Cleveland’s most influential leaders. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School
and a B.A. from Yale University.
Wealth Management Advisor, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Vice President of Business Development, Medical Mutual of Ohio
Chief Human Resources Officer, University Hospitals
Daniel P. Walsh, Jr.,
CEO, Citymark Capital, LLC
Prior to founding Citymark, Mr. Walsh was President, Northeast Ohio for Huntington National Bank, a $60 billion bank headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, joining the company in May 2010. Mr. Walsh was responsible for management and oversight of all Huntington
business activities executed by 1000 employees in the Northeast Ohio metropolitan market. During his tenure, the Cleveland region became one of the fastest growing regions in the company, and was selected multiple times as a “Top Workplace.” Prior to
Huntington, Mr. Walsh led KeyBank’s Real Estate Capital Markets businesses nationally, including Fund Management, CMBS, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and Life Company whole loan placement business conducted by more than 100 professionals in 16 offices
in major metropolitan areas across the United States. Mr. Walsh was promoted to lead Real Estate Capital Markets for KeyBank in 2008. In this position, he restructured KeyBank’s real estate capital markets businesses (and oversaw portfolio hedging and
valuation of $22 billion real estate portfolio.) In 1998, Mr. Walsh co-founded and built KeyBank’s real estate Private Equity Group, a group that invested in real estate projects throughout the United States on behalf of third party institutional equity
and mezzanine debt investors throughout the world. The Private Equity Group, which became the Fund Management Group, has invested more than $500 million since inception.In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Walsh also serves on the following
boards: Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Orchestra, Destination Cleveland (Chairman), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, United Way, Playhouse Square, and Group Plan Commission (Mayoral Appointee). Mr. Walsh received
his BA in Management and an MBA from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Walsh also holds a JD from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, with a certification in environmental
and energy law practice.
Chief of Staff, Cleveland Foundation
Margaret W. Wong,
President & Managing Partner, Margaret Wong & Associates, Co., LPA
In more than 35 years of practice, Margaret Wong has built Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC into a firm nationally and internationally renowned for its knowledge in immigration and nationality law. She is the current co-chair of the Immigration Law
Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and chair of the Cleveland Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section.Ms. Wong, the author of The Immigrant’s Way, has received the highest rating, AV, from Martindale-Hubbell, based
on both legal ability and general-ethics standards. Her peers have named her a “Leading Lawyer,” and a “Super Lawyer,” distinctions reserved for the top 5% of lawyers. She has also been listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and was named
the Honor Professor of People University of China which is the # 1 law school in China. Because of her personal experience as an immigrant, Margaret Wong combines qualities Americans admire: an immigrant’s work ethic, an entrepreneur’s drive, a keen
sense of resourcefulness, and the utmost compassion for those in need. In 1950, Margaret Wong was born in the former British Colony of Hong Kong. Months earlier, her Chinese parents fled the political repression and civil war caused by the Communist
takeover of China. Based on her own experience of obtaining a Green Card and U.S. citizenship under U.S. immigration law, Margaret Wong recognized that companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly regulated, seemingly arcane, and sometimes
frustrating regulatory area. She founded Margaret W. Wong & Associates with one desk and no secretary. Her practice now includes nine attorneys and 35 other staff members. Over the last two decades Margaret Wong has helped employers obtain work
permits for their executives and has assisted thousands of people in coming to the United States to become permanent residents, advance their educations, work, and pursue opportunities. Her clients come from every country around the world, from every
walk of life, and range from governmental and corporate to ordinary people. The law firm’s talented team handles every kind of immigration problem; its staff is multilingual, with proficiency in languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Spanish,
Russian and Albanian. Executives and large law firms seek her help when they have tough immigration problems. She is known for speed, quality, honesty and persistence. She has won numerous awards, including two for philanthropy – the Margaret Ireland
Award from the Cleveland Women’s City Club and the 1997 Creative Philanthropy Award from the Women’s Community Foundation. Crain’s Cleveland Business has named her to their “Women of Influence” list and Cleveland Magazine has included her with its
“Most Interesting People.” Margaret Wong also received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States. She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s
Hall of Fame in 2000. Other honors and awards include an Outstanding Alumni Award from State University of New York at Buffalo, the Trailblazer Award from NAPABA, Kent State University’s Social Responsibility Award, and the Leadership Award from the
United Black Fund. Her work has also earned her recognition in books such as Profiles of Ohio Women 1803-2003 and People: Cleveland’s Most Valuable Resource, Millennium Edition. Margaret is also an Urban League Board Member and VP. Margaret Wong is
a civic leader who educates and inspires others. While she was serving as the first Asian-American president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Cleveland chapter won the coveted Chapter Activity Award. The Ohio Supreme Court
appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented numerous seminars on immigration and naturalization law for bar associations
and the public. Committed to giving something back to the community and to mentoring young professionals, Ms. Wong has volunteered her time and expertise on boards of diverse organizations, including Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College
Foundation, Northeast Ohio Commission on Higher Education, Cleveland Bar Foundation, Ohio State Bar Foundation, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association, Town Hall, University Hospitals Health System, St. Vincent Hospital Health
Care System, United Way Services, and the Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University Law School Advisory Boards. Ms. Wong is also a life member of both the Eighth Judicial District Court and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court. Margaret
W. Wong & Associates has offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; and Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Wong is admitted for practice in Ohio, New York, Illinois, Georgia,
District of Columbia and Michigan.
Director of Community Affairs, The Good Communities Foundation
and strengthen systems. She offers strategies to a wide array of decision makers including elected officials, foundation leaders and corporate executives on a variety of critical topics such as cultivating viable workforce systems, aligning socially
responsible investments, reorganizing existing assets and fortifying emerging ecosystems to refine processes. Ms. Wright leverages her convening ability to ensure that the right people are discussing the right topics at the right time. Her work involves
thoughtful research and synthesizing disjointed discussions to push relevant conversations forward. Ms. Wright occasionally serves as a loaned executive to local governments and nonprofit organizations where she provides professional guidance and
assistance in effective collaboration, change management, program implementation, strategic planning, organizational management, fundraising, board development and crisis management. In addition to her professional endeavors, Ms. Wright serves on
various boards throughout Northeast Ohio including the Center for Population Dynamics, Global Cleveland and Karamu House Theater. Ms. Wright also serves as committee member with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Advocacy Committee and the statewide
Healthier Buckeye Advisory Council. Ms. Wright received her Bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from Cleveland State University and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, respectively. She also received her Masters in Business Administration from Case
Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Armond D. Budish,
County Executive, Cuyahoga County
He was the first Jewish representative to hold that office. He was re-elected to the House in 2010 and 2012, and thereafter was term-limited.Before his entry into politics in 2006, he was an attorney specializing in consumer and elder law with Budish,
Solomon, Steiner & Peck and has written on the subject. He resides in Beachwood, Ohio
Frank G. Jackson,
Mayor, City of Cleveland
Cleveland’s 56th Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, took office January 2, 2006. He has since been re-elected twice – in 2009 and 2013. As Mayor, Jackson is focused on ensuring that the city offers an excellent quality of life for every resident, business and visitor
and is addressing every aspect of City operations and policy to guarantee that he reaches that goal, including:
- City Finances and Operations
- Managing a citywide operating budget of $1.2 billion, using five year budget projections and strict fiscal controls to reduce costs while maintaining service levels
- Developing a performance management program, a management training academy and a mentoring program for City employees to improve performance and accountability
- Quality of Life
- Creating Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, a plan that will lead to systemic change in Cleveland’s schools and dramatic improvement in educational outcomes
- Bringing together Ohio colleges, universities, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and stakeholders to form the Higher Education Compact to help students succeed in college
- Improving the health of Clevelanders through the Healthy Cleveland Initiative, in partnership with Cleveland City Council and the four major local hospital systems
- Public Safety
- Building partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and community organizations to address the causes and impacts of gun and youth violence
- Using crime data analysis to target crime hot spots and drive down violent crime rates in nearly all major categories since 2006
- Integrating the Divisions of Fire and Emergency Medical Service to enhance emergency response, increase accountability and maximize existing resources
- Investing more than $265 million in Cleveland’s neighborhoods since 2007, on streetscapes, recreation facilities, and other capital improvements and working with the public sector to encourage more than $7 billion in private development in Cleveland
- Collaborating with business leaders and labor unions to implement Community Benefits Agreements for private development projects, creating opportunities for Cleveland residents and businesses to benefit directly from investment occurring in the
- Transforming the economy through Sustainable Cleveland 2019, a 10-year initiative to build a sustainable regional economy, encourage sustainable business practices and reduce environmental impact
- Advancing Cleveland’s Downtown Lakefront Development Plan to encourage 3.5 million square feet in new development that encourages recreation, entertainment commercial maritime activity and economic development.
Mayor Jackson is a Cleveland Public Schools graduate and Army veteran. He earned an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and law degree from Cleveland State University. He began his public service
career as an Assistant City Prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. From 1990 through 2005, Jackson represented Cleveland’s 5th Ward on Cleveland City Council. From 2002-2005, Jackson also served as President of Cleveland City