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As Is The Case With Minority-owned Small Businesses, Minority-led And Missioned Service Organizations, Often With Just A Few Employees Are Also In Need Of Critical “life-line” Funding To Continue To Provide Services That Help Small Businesses Sustain And Ultimately Contribute To The Revitalization Of Our Local Economy.


Courtenay Barton

Program Manager for Arts & Culture, Cleveland Foundation

Courtenay A. Barton joined the foundation in September 2017 as a National Urban Fellow and was hired in September 2018 as Program Manager for Arts & Culture. Courtenay has more than 12 years’ experience in nonprofit management in media, arts, and education. Prior to joining the foundation, Courtenay was the Associate Director of Stewardship at the Brooklyn College Foundation. She also had roles at New York City’s public television station Thirteen/WNET and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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India Pierce Lee

Senior Vice President, Cleveland Foundation

India Pierce Lee is Senior Vice President, Program at the Cleveland Foundation. She leads the foundation’s grantmaking team, working with the board, staff, and community leaders to define Greater Cleveland’s critical needs and leverage resources to help meet them. Pierce Lee joined the foundation in2006 as Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing and Community Development.
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Joseph Chubb

Programs Committee Chair, The Presidents’ Council

Joseph Chubb is the founder and President of Comtec Information Systems, LLC (CTIS), which was started in 2007. CTIS is a virtual IT firm that provides innovative technology expertise to small and mid-sized businesses primarily in Northeast Ohio.

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Dionta James

Chief Operations Officer, Community Connections Academy

Diontá James is the Chief Operations Officer of CCA. He is an Urban Planner, Licensed Social Worker & Entrepreneur with a tremendous desire for helping people grow into their best selves. Diontá believes that this is best accomplished through knowledge of self and team work. Diontá is truly vested in the understanding that “iron sharpens iron” and through collaboration, everyone’s accomplishments can be recognized. Diontá is a native of Cleveland Ohio. He grew up in the “not-so-soft” neighborhoods throughout the city of Cleveland but holds a great deal of passion for his city.
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Jamie Warder

Executive Vice President and Head of Digital Banking, KeyCorp

Jamie currently serves as lead Digital Officer for Key with responsibility for Key’s digital properties. Previously, Jamie led Business Banking and Investment Services at Key Bank responsible for business clients in the $0-10 space and the Retail Investment and broker/dealer business.

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