New Board Members Bring Passion, Experience

In May, the appointing authorities of the Cuyahoga Land Bank appointed three new board members to a two-year term ending May 1, 2020.  The new Board members are Lakewood Mayor Michael SummersNathan Kelly, Managing Partner at Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO, and April Urban, Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.  The new Board members fill board seats of outgoing board members Thomas Fitzpatrick IV, Esq., Kevin M. Kennedy, and Bobbi Reichtell. Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers was also re-appointed to a two-year term.  Sellers serves as Vice Chairman of the Cuyahoga Land Bank Board of Directors.

The appointing Board members currently are Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Council President Dan Brady, and Cuyahoga County Treasurer W. Christopher Murray, II.  All three appointing members unanimously selected the new members.

Mayor Michael Summers brings extensive experience to the Cuyahoga Land Bank, both as an inner-ring suburban mayor and an accomplished businessman.  Mayor Summers earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a B.A. from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.  Prior to becoming Mayor, Summers was President and owner of Summers Rubber Company, which he sold in 2013.

Nathan Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and economic development experience to the Board.  A respected community leader, Kelly has been instrumental in attracting and expanding development deals throughout northeast Ohio.  Kelly earned a B.A. in public policy at DePaul University in Chicago and studied public policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

April Urban earned her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University and brings a passion for building Cleveland’s capacity using data to solve civic problems.  April oversees the Poverty Center’s NEOCANDO data system, aids in research and consultation on projects throughout the community and works with groups seeking data to help facilitate community development.

As vice chairman, Sellers has been instrumental in leading our efforts to reduce neighborhood blight and advocating for responsible, forward-thinking land reutilization efforts. He is well-known for his common sense entrepreneurial and business acumen.

“We are pleased to welcome Mayor Summers, Nathan and April to our board, and we are thankful for Mayor Seller’s commitment for another two years,” said Gus Frangos, President and General Counsel of the Cuyahoga Land Bank.  “These are proven leaders who bring diverse professional and personal experiences to the table that will support us in responding to the challenges that lie ahead.”

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