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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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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Director of Global Talent and Economic Development
Most recently, Nancy served as Executive Director for the American Red Cross for the Summit/Portage/Medina counties chapter. Prior to joining Global Cleveland, Nancy worked with the Investor Members with the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Nancy’s career includes; the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute where she was responsible for fundraising and grant writing.
Nancy’s extensive leadership experience and business development have served her well and prepared her for her new role with Global Cleveland.
In 1997 Nancy owned and operated two Ident-A-Kid Services of America franchises that serviced all of Cuyahoga County successfully for more than 17 years. Nancy serves as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Her hobbies include travel, hiking, skiing, and everything Cleveland.
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Director of Development
Michelle is a development, communications and engagement professional with more than 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector raising funding and awareness. Prior to joining Global Cleveland, Michelle worked with City Year Cleveland leading development and marketing. Michelle also enjoyed a long career with United Way of Greater Cleveland in corporate sponsorship and partnership, event marketing and management and donor relations. Her extensive background includes successfully launching new partnerships, fundraising events and stakeholder initiatives. Her hobbies include reading, traveling and going on adventures with her son.
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Global Talent Associate
Supriya oversees all professional connection services that connects professional connection volunteer(s) with an international job seeker (immigrant, refugee and/or international student) based on similar professional backgrounds and interests. As a Global Talent Associate, Supriya works closely with the Deputy Director and Global Talent Director to ensure that international job seekers are well aware about the services that the organization provides and its contribution to the economic development of the Greater Cleveland.
Supriya is a graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science at Cleveland State University, where she obtained Master of Arts in Global Interactions, International Relations track.
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Carl Powell Jr.
Immigrant Community Organizer
Carl is a Jesuit Volunteer helping Global Cleveland lead its volunteer opportunity, Community Navigators. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Carl committed to living simply, exploring his own spirituality, living in intentional community, and committing himself to social justice. He trains volunteers and communicates the importance of welcoming immigrants to local officials and leaders. Alongside other volunteers, he is charged with attending naturalization ceremonies, making it a welcoming environment as they take their oaths.
Carl graduated from Georgetown University in May of 2018, with a degree in History and a minor in Philosophy. He is a first-generation American and first-generation college student; both of his parents emigrated from Jamaica and made Brooklyn, NY their home..
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Elizabeth Cusma oversees the day to day operations of Global Cleveland and acts as executive assistant to the President of the organization. She is a Northeast Ohio native who has recently returned after completing a masters in Migration Studies at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Elizabeth has experience in immigration law, migration policy, the Middle East and North African regions, and speaks Spanish. She resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband Oliver Renwick and their two sons, Apolo and Atlas. She also has three cats, Goat, Mustache, and Grizzly.
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