Prior to joining Global Cleveland as its top executive, Joe Cimperman served 18 years on 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 74th Street 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.
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Jazmin oversees all welcoming activities that engage organizations and communities in supporting and engaging Greater Cleveland’s 115+ various ethnic groups in immigrant integration efforts. As the Deputy Director, Jazmin works closely with the President to chart Global Cleveland’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services. Additionally, she works to establish partnerships that focus on empowering people and neighborhoods through economic development tools.
Jazmin is a graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where she obtained dual masters degrees in Social Administration and Nonprofit Management.
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Director of Global Talent and Economic Development
Jessica Whale manages Global Cleveland’s connection programming, which seeks to connect newcomers and students to the region’s job opportunities and business community. She comes to Global Cleveland with non-profit and education industry experience as well as a degree in Chinese and German Studies from The College of Wooster. Jessica has lived in China, studied abroad in Germany, and now lives in a 150-year old house in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland.
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Courtney Ottrix oversees everything social including content and engagement across all Global Cleveland’s social media platforms as well as management of the monthly newsletter. She is also responsible for the development and management of the Advocate marketing program. The Advocate program partners Global Cleveland with the region’s institutions of higher education and businesses to attract and connect newcomers to the region through the delivery of alumni, student and employee marketing resources. Courtney is the wife of Bryon Ottrix Sr. and the proud mother of three sons, Bryon, Paul and Bryce.
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Connection Program Associate
Wenzhu Sun works on Global Cleveland’s connection programming. She educates international job seekers about the job search process in the U.S., and connects them to professional resources in order to help them find employment and/or internship opportunities in Greater Cleveland. She also manages the Global Cleveland Talent Connection LinkedIn Group and oversees job seeker content on the Global Cleveland website.
Wenzhu has lived in China and Canada before she moved to the U.S., and is aware of cultural differences among countries. She comes to Global Cleveland with non-profit industry experience as well as a master degree in Sociology from University of Windsor. She speaks fluent Mandarin and English.
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