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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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Pierce Lee served as Senior Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc., Senior Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI), Senior Program Director with the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Director of The Empowerment Zone with the City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development, and Executive Director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation.
Pierce Lee serves as Chair of Cleveland State University’s Levin College Visiting Committee and in October 2019, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Cleveland State University College of Graduate Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in management from Cleveland’s Dyke College and is a graduate of the Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Development from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where she obtained a Master of Science in social administration. She received the 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession, the community and the Mandel School and served as commencement speaker.
In 2009, Pierce Lee completed the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she studied neighborhood revitalization, with a special interest in sustainability. She completed a Master of Art in Psychology specializing in Diversity Management at Cleveland State University in May 2017.
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.Read More
Mr. Chubb is active in the Gordon Square community, through several civic and charitable causes. He is a member of the Board of Directors for The Children’s Center of Medina County. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Presidents’ Council Business Chamber and Chairs their Programming Committee. Joseph volunteers with Fairhill Partnership.
Joseph currently holds or has held multiple certifications with Microsoft, Citrix and IBM and has an AAS Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Community College in association with the University of Maryland.
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.
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.Read More
Before banking, Jamie was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company and served a variety of clients on strategy and operational topics in both North America and Europe. Prior to transitioning to a business career, Jamie was a Captain in the United States Army serving as an armor and cavalry officer. Jamie was Chairman of the Board for USAA Savings Bank, and has served on the boards of USAA Federal Savings Bank, clearXchange/Zelle, Early Warning System, and a variety of non-profit boards.
Jamie graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He also earned an MBA with High Distinction (George Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School. Jamie, his wife, and three children live in Cleveland, Ohio.