First-Ever Community Advisory Council Starts Work

David James Named to Committee of Federal Reserve
Posted on 09/10/2018
Image of David JamesThe Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is pleased to announce the members of its first-ever Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC will help inform the Bank's Community Development staff and senior leadership about current and emerging economic trends and social issues impacting lower-income communities.

CAC members were selected to be representative of the region served by the Cleveland Fed and strategically aligned to the Community Development team's core areas of focus, including workforce and economic development, housing affordability, and access to credit for small business. The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

CAC members will serve two-year terms but could be asked to stay on longer to provide mentorship to new council members or if they are involved in ongoing projects. The newly appointed council members are:
  • Eric Avner, Vice President and Senior Program Manager, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Cincinnati, OH
  • Keith Burwell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toledo Community Foundation, Toledo, OH
  • Heidi Gartland, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
  • Presley Gillespie, President, Neighborhood Allies, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ernie Hogan, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh, PA
  • David James, Superintendent, Akron City School District, Akron, OH
  • Tawana Jones, Community and Economic Development Operations Manager, Montgomery County, Dayton, OH
  • Bryan Kieler, Director of Lending in Ohio, IFF, Columbus, OH
  • Edwin King, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Frankfort, KY
  • Breen Masciotra, TOD Project Manager, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Augie Napoli, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
  • Jillian Ollinger, Interim Assistant Executive Director, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Columbus, OH
  • Jim Stark, Chief Executive Officer, Fayette County Community Action Agency Inc., Uniontown, PA
  • Stephanie Stiene, Director of Financial Wellness and Volunteer Engagement, Brighton Center, Newport, KY
  • Danny Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eliza Bryant Village, Cleveland, OH
Brief biographies of the CAC members are available online.

The council's first meeting will be October 17, 2018. Meeting agendas will be posted on the Bank's website after each meeting.
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