Cleveland Leadership Center

Inspire. Connect. Transform.

Cleveland, OH   |


The Cleveland Leadership Center’s mission is to build a continuum of civic leaders committed to our community’s excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement.

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President and CEO

Ms. Marianne Crosley J.D.

Main address

PO Box 23613

Cleveland, OH 44023 USA

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Formerly known as

Cleveland Bridge Builders Incorporated



NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

Economic Development (S30)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Cleveland

Leadership Cleveland (LC) and its affiliated LC2 Fellows Program empower recognized, senior-level positional leaders with knowledge, skills and relationships to advance and deepen their community impact. LC engages participants through a highly interactive, intentionally designed, 10-month leadership curriculum so individuals develop a broader and more diverse network and experience opportunities to address key community issues through civic engagement. LC2 Fellows focus on a specific civic issue and identify and deliver a tangible outcome aimed at creating long-term, positive, sustainable change in Cleveland.

Population(s) Served

Cleveland Bridge Builders enables mid-career professionals of all ages to prepare for meaningful, fulfilling and impactful engagement in the community. The 10-month program provides a unique environment that fosters teamwork, growth and learning through experiential collaboration, hands-on experiences and interactive civic education that results in a truly transformative experience.

Population(s) Served

Look Up To Cleveland (LookUp) allows high school leaders to develop leadership skills, acquire an understanding of the community and gain a better appreciation of diversity. The program, offered during the school year and as a one-week LookUp Summer Session, includes team projects and unique opportunities to converse with high-level business, government and community leaders. Participants, who are entering either their junior or senior year, are selected from applicants representing public, private, charter and parochial schools across Cuyahoga County.

Population(s) Served

Civic Leadership Institute is a series of six short, weekly sessions designed to increase the civic knowledge base and engagement for people of all ages and career stages who seek a better understanding of the community's civic infrastructure, are new to the area, or are staring a new assignment. Facilitators are individuals involved in civic matters at the highest levels.

Population(s) Served

Campus Cleveland attracts, retains and reclaims the next generation of Cleveland's leaders by offering several programs for college students that provide civic education, neighborhood immersion and connections with Cleveland leaders. It brings together summer interns from local businesses and organizations for civic engagement and relationship-building, and works year-round to connect students on campuses across Northeast Ohio with Cleveland businesses, amenities, and leaders.

Population(s) Served

Cleveland Leadership Center offers alumni of all the Cleveland Leadership Center programs the opportunity to take on a range of civic engagement and educational activities, while continuing to deepen collaborative relationships that further CLC’s mission.

Population(s) Served

OnBoard Cleveland is a leadership and civic development experience tailored for early-career professionals. A custom-designed, highly engaging curriculum enhances communication skills, strengthens workplace presence, and creates connections between employees and their organizations and Northeast Ohio. Participants leave the program energized and equipped to make a positive difference in their workplace and the community.

Population(s) Served

Cleveland Leadership Center creates customized civic education programs in response to community needs and requests. Customized programs draw on CLC’s vast network of community leaders and extensive experience in designing civic leadership curriculum.

CLC also creates new programs to educate the general community about issues and engage them in civic life. These programs draw on CLC’s core competencies of curricular design and relationship building, and invest the general public in current community issues.

Population(s) Served

Accelerate is an innovative pitch competition that enables individuals with entrepreneurial ideas to create positive community change. It provides a public and influential platform that encourages civic entrepreneurs to develop and share a vision to improve our region, offers mentoring and support, and nurtures their creation and development of initiatives before and after the annual competition.

Population(s) Served

Spark is an annual symposium on innovation and human-centered design thinking. It’s about flipping your mindset, sparking new ways of doing things, and taking risks. It transitioned to an all-virtual platform in 2020, opening up attendance to anyone, anywhere, who is open to new ways of thinking to get beyond the status quo and make a civic impact.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Excellence in Innovation 2018

Association of Leadership Programs

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Leadership Programs - Pacesetter Member 2020

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Current and emerging leaders at all levels, from high school students to retirees; as well as the broader general community.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To ensure that programs meet stated impact goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We adjusted curriculum plans for sessions of our various programs based on surveys and other feedback from current participants on what works, didn't work, was missing, etc.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Cleveland Leadership Center

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Cleveland Leadership Center

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Caster

Fifth Third Private Bank

Term: 2022 - 2024

John P. Beer

PNC Wealth Management

Cathy Belk

JumpStart Inc.

Cipriano Beredo

Squire Patton Boggs

Debbie Berry

University Circle, Inc.

Amy Brady


Micki Byrnes

WKCY-TV / Tegna

William Caster

Fifth Third Private Bank

Robin J. Davenport

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Richard C. Fedorovich

Bober Markey Fedorovich

Ethan Karp


Robert J. Klonk

Oswald Companies

Lisa K. Kunkle

PolyOne Corporation

Biran Marita

Ciuni & Panichi

Hugh McKay

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Ginger F. Mlakar

Cleveland Foundation

David Mustin

Skoda Minotti & Co.

Shelly M. Peet

Nordson Corporation

Neal Restivo

Oatey Co.

Lisa Rose

Dix & Eaton

Stuart Rosenberg

Westfield Insurance

Marc Sanchez

Frantz Ward LLP

Mark Sutherland

The Lubrizol Corporation

Jason Therrien


Richart T. Wallack

Medical Mutual of Ohio

Kristin Warzocha

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Marc Byrnes (Emeritus Trustee)

Oswald Companies

Thomas E. Hopkins (Emeritus Trustee)

The Sherwin-Williams Company (retired)

Lawrence E. Oscar (Emeritus Trustee)

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

Thomas Stevens (Emeritus Trustee)

KeyBank (retired)

Eddie Taylor (Emeritus Trustee)

Taylor Oswald LLC

India Birdsong

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Dr. Akram Boutros

The MetroHealth System

Fiona Chambers


Erin Gay Miyoshi

Joseph and Mary's Home

Blaine Griffin

City of Cleveland

Elizabeth Grove

The Lubrizol Corporation

David Heller

The NRP Group LLC

Gregg Muresan


Tiffany Scruggs

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Nigamanth Sridhar

Cleveland State University

Drew Stelzer

Schauer Group Inc.

Felton Thomas Jr.

Cleveland Public Library

Gelise Thomas

Case Western Reserve University

Ira Kaplan

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Jennifer Ansberrry

The Lincoln Electric Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/19/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.