Board of Directors

…Benton Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1988 to 1997 she directed the Ford Foundation’s media program, leaving the foundation to become managing founder and partner of Davis Creek Capital, a media and technology firm that helped companies to enhance opportunities for women and minorities by developing and executing strategic plans and raising capital. She is a trustee of Boston University (B.S., 1968), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and New…

Grant Search

…ector $15,000 Arts and Culture 1988 Western Reserve Historical Society General support $148 Arts and Culture 1988 Western Reserve Historical Society Memorabilia-Cavalry $6,366 Arts and Culture 1988 Western Reserve Montessori School Inc. Parent-Child Program $22,865 Education 1988 Westshore Montessori Association Scholarships for 1988-89 year $1,450 Education 1988 Williams College Annual Fund $828 Education 1988 Witness/Victim Service Center…

Indispensable Civic Roles

…ve University (CWRU) faced a difficult and momentous transition. The chairs of its departments of microbiology, anatomy, pathology and physiology had either resigned or retired. How the vacancies were filled would affect the school’s competitiveness for national science grants well into the next century. The ability of many Cleveland hospitals to attract topflight physicians also depended on the rebuilding of the medical school’s basic sciences…

The Built Environment

…es for capital grants. Chief among the requirements: Grantees must be financially stable and able to absorb increased maintenance and utility costs, and the project must be central to the grantee’s mission and help to meet a compelling community need. A new requirement was added in 2007 with the goal of making Cleveland a more environmentally conscious community. Henceforth, capital grants would be awarded only to projects that had adopted…

Reforming Public School Governance

…tral administration Michael D. White won voter support for “mayoral control” of the Cleveland public schools. Steven A. Minter felt duty-bound to accept Cleveland mayor Michael R. White’s request that he co-chair the Mayoral Commission on School Governance in 1996. The Cleveland Foundation had a long tradition of leading efforts to improve the public schools, and the foundation’s seventh chief executive was personally devoted to education…

Portfolio of 20 Innovative and Excellent Schools

…e and excellent schools. To date, the two foundations have contributed more than $16 million in grants to the initiative. As a result, there are now 20 portfolio schools in Cleveland: 13 district innovative schools and seven charter schools sponsored by the district. Many of them are built around the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines that are widely accepted as a key to success in a knowledge-based, technology-driven…

Steven A. Minter

…r sister who worked as the secretary to the director of the Cuyahoga County Welfare Department, where he was hired as a caseworker. Within nine years Minter had earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Applied Social Sciences and become the department’s director. In 1971, Minter received a call from the governor of Massachusetts that resulted in his appointment as commissioner of public welfare for the state. He…

Ronald B. Richard

…try exam and a yearlong security clearance check, during which time he worked at the Japan Society in New York. During his Foreign Service introductory course, he met his future wife, Elizabeth (Bess) Rodriguez. They are the parents of two children. After completing nine months of intensive Japanese-language training, Ronn was assigned to the American embassy in Tokyo as an economic officer. His work to facilitate bilateral trade agreements…

The Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools

…l leaders called the Cleveland Transformation Alliance to ensure the accountability of all the city’s schools; and permits CMSD to intervene quickly to restructure failing schools and share local tax revenues with partnering charter schools. It is, in sum, the most groundbreaking reform strategy in the district’s recent history. In recognition of their contributions and commitment to the plan’s creation, the Cleveland and Gund Foundations…

Model Nursery School

…utdoor play spaces supervised by an experienced staff. It also offered preschool-age children from tenant families a hot lunch daily and on-site medical services such as immunizations. Hundreds of visitors from other nursery schools and housing projects, social agencies, colleges, hospitals and public health departments came to observe and learn from the school before its operation was taken over by the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority…