Seeking to celebrate the people behind the buildings, programs and places that Greater Clevelanders encounter in our community, the Cleveland Foundation recently commissioned a series of 17 portraits by local artist Billy Delfs of those who are making our region a better place by building better places.
We call them Place.Makers. They have made a mark on our city by designing and constructing buildings, leading companies, founding nonprofit organizations, and giving their time and talents as volunteers and visionaries. Collectively, the Place.Makers are shaping our community identity, driving social dialogue, and lifting civic spirits to new heights.
We unveiled our Place.Makers portraits at our Annual Meeting in May, and now we’re kicking off a blog series highlighting each of these incredible people. Get to know them all over the next few months.
You can view the portraits in person at the Cleveland Foundation offices through the end of this year, and stay tuned for other locations in Cleveland where the photography may be on display. Here’s our full list of Place.Makers (seen in the photo above!):
Executive Director, Famicos Foundation
Founder, President & CEO, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
Executive Director, Hispanic Business Center
Executive Director, Birthing Beautiful Communities
Shirley Gaston & Videllia Coleman
Worker-Owners, Evergreen Cooperatives’ Green City Growers
Founder & Principal, Hemingway Development
Executive Artistic Director, Twelve Literary Arts
Phyllis Seven Harris
Executive Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
Volunteer, Seeds of Literacy
CEO, JumpStart Inc.
President, JumpStart, Inc.
Architect and Founder, Robert P. Madison International, Inc.
Jeffery K. Patterson
CEO & Safety Director, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
Roshonda Smith & Cheyenne Russell
True2U Mentor & Student
Nay Soe & Htoo Htoo Thaw
Refugee Response Mentees & Volunteers
Felton Thomas Jr.
Executive Director & CEO, Cleveland Public Library
Executive Director, Bike Cleveland
Principal, Bard High School Early College
Next up, we’ll introduce you to Margo Hudson, Seeds of Literacy volunteer tutor, and motivational speaker, as the first Place.Maker in our series.