Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2014 – 2018)
Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management (2014 – 2018)
American University, Bachelor of Arts - Urban Studies
Qualifications for office
Chief Strategy Officer, Urbanova (May 2020 – Present)
Vice President, Corporate Strategy, KeyBank (January 2019 – May 2020)
Senior Consultant & Head of Global Cities Practice, Gallup (August 2015 – December 2018)
Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Morris Strategy Group (July 2014 – October 2017)
Director – Corporate Strategy, KGB (July 2013 – July 2014)
Associate – Corporate Strategy, KGB (July 2012 – July 2013)
Special Assistant for Education & Economic Development, Cuyahoga County (January 2011 – June 2012)
Intern, Senator Barack Obama (January 2006 – May 2006)
Better law enforcement and systemic, accountable police reform are two sides of the same coin. I’m the only major candidate in this race to publicly endorse the Citizens for a Safer Cleveland ballot initiative. Comprehensive, citizen-led oversight will lead to police reform, improve law enforcement, save taxpayers’ money, rebuild trust, and most importantly save lives. I plan to reduce violence and increase public safety through evidence-based violence interrupter programs, educational and job-training programs for teens and young adults, more after school and recreational programs, fighting for better gun laws that takes illegal firearms off the streets, and successful community re-entry programs like Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s “Project Care” that offered citizens returning from prison the opportunity to transition back into society. Better law enforcement and systemic, accountable police reform are two sides of the same coin. As mayor, I’ll ensure we have both to stop crime.
We must live by and be held accountable to the principle that every neighborhood is vital to our future as a city. By focusing on our most vulnerable residents – children, seniors, those with disabilities, veterans, people in poverty, -- we will improve our quality of life and reduce inequality by directing resources to produce physically and socially safe, economically thriving, and well-served neighborhoods. As Mayor, I will bring a real commitment to enforcement, increased funding for screening and testing in public housing complexes and schools to minimize lead positioning in our city. I will also work with local organizations like the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, activists, and advocates to engage and educate the community on lead prevention resources and efforts. My Administration will also support the implementation of the Lead Safe Certification program to ensure property owners are in compliance.
Having a thriving urban core is essential to having a competitive city. To encourage businesses to return to Downtown, we have to get the basics right from increased access and affordable public transit, to activating more green spaces, and supporting restaurants and hospitality businesses to bounce back from COVID-19. It's critical we support local businesses to create, retain, and keep more good jobs with good pay, and good benefits, right here. I'm committed to putting local businesses and workers first in line for city contracts; and using American Recovery Act funds to expand small business jobs. We also have to ensure we have quality programming, activities and opportunities to activate Public Square and do a better job of connecting downtown to the lakefront. And finally, I will leverage the bully pulpit of the Mayor's Office to recruit more business and investment, promote and maximize Cleveland's assets, and be an unwavering ambassador of the city nationally.
Improving public education is a top priority to prevent further population loss and brain drain in Cleveland. During COVID, we lost many families to the suburbs because our school district didn’t have the resources to compete. Now, we have an opportunity to rethink public education and prepare students for college, work and life in the 21st century. My plan for education includes developing year-long internship and apprenticeship programs inside CMSD so students graduate with real experience and are on track to full-time employment in Cleveland once they finish school. I plan to work with employers and educators to build a user-friendly system that matches residents job skills with regional job openings, and to provide paths to better pay and benefits for city residents. I will also work to ensure all residents are within 15 minutes of a school, grocery store, park, and other community assets to help create an attractive environment for businesses and residents.
It is time we put people and neighborhoods first. I’ll direct resources to address core issues that impact our neighborhoods and will fight to protect and strengthen the quality of life for residents. On day one, I will use every element of the law to take bold, proactive, decisive action to hold predatory companies and polluters accountable for exploiting and destroying our neighborhoods. I'll work to pass pay to stay legislation to protect tenants from immediate eviction, take legal action against any owners failing to register rental units and issue Notices of Violations for breaches, and expand housing and building codes and ordinances to apply to third-party agents. I’ll incentivize our neighbors to rehab, improve and otherwise invest in their homes. Everyone deserves to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and enjoy streets that are free from trash. This is basic and environmental justice isn’t just a buzzword, it’s my commitment to you.
Bachelor of Science-Marquette University
Master of Social Work-CWRU
JD-Cleveland Marshall College of Law
Qualifications for office
President of Cleveland City Council
Chair of Finance and Rules Committees
Former Chair of Utilities and Transportation Committees.
Decades of community activism
I support police accountability but do not support the proposed charter amendment. My Safe Neighborhoods Now plan has three basic pillars: 1) give police the support, tools and training they need to do the difficult job of policing; 2) institute true community policing that is tailored to each neighborhood. This will include neighborhood safety centers, foot patrols, bike patrols, and a community relations committee in every district; 3) attacking the root causes of crime, which include poverty, hopelessness, and disinvestment.
Council passed ordinance number 747-2019 requiring all residential rental units constructed before January 1, 1978 must have lead-safe certification from the Director of Building and Housing according to a schedule established by the Director. All units must be certified by March 1, 2023.
In addition the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition was formed to be the community outreach arm of the lead safe effort. In addition to community outreach, the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is charged with raising money for the effort. Thus far, millions of dollars have been raised for lead remediation.
Restoring the vitality of the Downtown Neighborhood is important for the entire City. People love Downtown for the restaurants, street level retail, and general vitality. That is why we must do everything we can to help those small businesses who were most hurt by COVID. We cannot expect people to come back downtown unless there is a good reason to do so.
To stabilize our population we need strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and job opportunity. To create a strong, thriving economy, we must train our young scholars and workers for the available jobs in healthcare, skilled manufacturing, information service and the trades. As Mayor, I will make sure that career readiness starts in our schools in grade school, that we promote Say Yes to Education, and all Clevelanders have a full portfolio of opportunity.
I will focus on eliminating blight. This begins with demolishing the remaining 4000+ houses on the demo list, aggressive housing code enforcement, and enforcement of the rental registry and lead safe certification.
In addition I will continue to support tools such as loan loss reserve funds, such as the Middle Neighborhoods Initiative in underserved neighborhoods.