East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation Hires Chief Executive
The EANDC Board of Trustees announced today that Cheryl Stephens will be the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Stephens began her career in the Ohio Department of Development, working with Community Development Block Grant funded programming. In the years since, Stephens held leadership positions in the planning and development departments at the City of Cleveland, the City of Cleveland Heights, and Cuyahoga County. She was also the Executive Director of the Leadership Cleveland program and a Director at the National Development Council, a national non-profit specializing in housing and economic development finance.
She currently is employed as the Director of Acquisition, Disposition and Development at the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC). In this position she is responsible for supervision of departmental staff and the wholly owned subsidiary of the CCRLC, CLB Services. Currently this department manages more than $15 million annually in acquisition, demolition, and environmental remediation work in Cuyahoga County.
At each of her positions, Stephens has worked with various local, state, and federal organizations to bring outside funding into the agency, grow programs and develop staff capacity.
Stephens is a member of City Council in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (a Council-Manager form of government), where she is currently council president/mayor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Adventist University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.
Annette Hammonds, Chair of the Board of Trustees, stated: “Cheryl is a visionary leader who brings to EANDC a wealth of community development expertise and involvement. We are confident that Cheryl’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great match for the work, staff, and friends of EANDC, and together we will continue to advance our mission in East Akron and surrounding communities.”
Ms. Stephens is excited about the role: "EANDC’s Board of Trustees has offered me a wonderful opportunity in which I will work to use all of my financial, development, management and interpersonal skills to help EANDC be the best type of development corporation - one that helps communities become more vital and viable using housing and economic development tools to revitalize their neighborhoods.”
Ms. Stephens was selected after a six-month nationwide search for a successor to Mr. Grady Appleton, who will retire at the end of the year after 35 years of leading EANDC.