Meet the Team

Jessie Masters
Information and Planning Specialist

Date of Hire
September 2016

Education
B.S. in Architecture, Ohio State University
Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

Describe yourself in three words.
Persistent. Empathetic. Hungry.

What motivates you in your work?
We work on transformative projects with partners of all sizes and scales – from tiny neighborhood churches, to scattered-site housing developments, to multi-acre land assembly projects – and I love that we get to play a part.

What is the best advice you ever received?
It was not advice, but I saw a bumper sticker once that said, “Get Involved: The World is Run by the People Who Show Up.”

What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I have always wanted to be a back-up singer in a band. I would crumble from the pressure of being out in front, but I still want to be in the spotlight.

What’s playing in your car right now and what’s #1 on your DVR?
I ride a bike to work and I don’t have cable.

What do you do for fun/hobbies?
I play music, read books, cook, and listen to Cleveland Indians games on the radio.

What drew you to work at the Cuyahoga Land Bank?
I first heard about county land banks when I was in graduate school and knew immediately that I wanted to work for one. I want to make a difference in my community and work somewhere that is making a positive, tangible impact.

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