Introducing Cleveland Place.Makers

Introducing Cleveland Place.Makers

Group News posted in on 21 June 2018| comments
audience: Cleveland Foundation | last updated: 21 June 2018
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Seeking to celebrate the people behind the buildings, programs and places that Greater Clevelanders encounter in our community, the Cleveland Foundation recently commissioned a series of 17 portraits by local artist Billy Delfs of those who are making our region a better place by building better places.

We call them Place.Makers. They have made a mark on our city by designing and constructing buildings, leading companies, founding nonprofit organizations, and giving their time and talents as volunteers and visionaries. Collectively, the Place.Makers are shaping our community identity, driving social dialogue, and lifting civic spirits to new heights.

We unveiled our Place.Makers portraits at our Annual Meeting in May, and now we’re kicking off a blog series highlighting each of these incredible people. Get to know them all over the next few months.

You can view the portraits in person at the Cleveland Foundation offices through the end of this year, and stay tuned for other locations in Cleveland where the photography may be on display. Here’s our full list of Place.Makers (seen in the photo above!):

John Anoliefo
Executive Director, Famicos Foundation

Brandon Chrostowski
Founder, President & CEO, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

Jenice Contreras
Executive Director, Hispanic Business Center

Christin Farmer
Executive Director, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Shirley Gaston & Videllia Coleman
Worker-Owners,
Evergreen Cooperatives’ Green City Growers

Fred Geis 
Founder & Principal, Hemingway Development

Daniel Gray-Kontar 
Executive Artistic Director, Twelve Literary Arts

Phyllis Seven Harris 
Executive Director,
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland


Margo Hudson 
Volunteer, Seeds of Literacy

Ray Leach 
CEO, JumpStart Inc.

Cathy Belk 
President, JumpStart, Inc.

Robert Madison 
Architect and Founder, Robert P. Madison International, Inc.

Jeffery K. Patterson 
CEO & Safety Director, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

Roshonda Smith & Cheyenne Russell
True2U Mentor & Student

Nay Soe & Htoo Htoo Thaw 
Refugee Response Mentees & Volunteers

Felton Thomas Jr. 
Executive Director & CEO, Cleveland Public Library

Jacob VanSickle  
Executive Director, Bike Cleveland

Dumaine Wiliams 
Principal, Bard High School Early College

Next up, we’ll introduce you to Margo Hudson, Seeds of Literacy volunteer tutor, and motivational speaker, as the first Place.Maker in our series.

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