Announcing the host sites for the 2024-25 Public Service Fellowship!

Group photo of the 2023 cohort of Public Service Fellows
The 2022-23 Public Service Fellows gather for a group photo in Downtown Cleveland.

Seventeen fellows will be placed across 11 organizations including the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation as part of the marketing and communications team, Cuyahoga County, Greater Cleveland Partnership, and seven community development corporations serving neighborhoods across the city.

The City of Cleveland will host a cohort of four fellows at City Hall in the following roles:

  • Southeast Side Fellow (Mayor’s Office, supervised by Rev. Marvin Owens and Aja Aaron) to work on execution of strategy to revitalize Cleveland’s southeast side.
  • Lakefront Fellow (Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, supervised by Katie Moore and Calley Mersmann) to work on special projects related to the development of Cleveland’s two waterfronts and “shore to core to shore” plan, specifically on transit and mobility related work in this space.
  • Neighborhood Vitality Fellow (Planning Department, supervised by Matt Moss) to work on the 15-minute city projects and transit-oriented development planning.
  • Modern City Hall Fellow (Finance Department, supervised by Assistant Directors Jim Hartley and Mate Rogonjic) to support the operation of the city by overseeing the city’s fiscal operations and policy agenda.

The Cleveland Foundation (supervised by Kendra Davis, Director, integrated marketing director) will be engaging a Multimedia Production Fellow to support photography needs, video storytelling and media production as part of the organization’s owned media content strategy.

Cuyahoga County will host a cohort of four fellows to support the Cuyahoga County Office of the Executive. They will each report to a deputy chief of staff or director that oversees a priority department of the county executive including sustainability and climate, regional collaboration and strategy, health and human services, and early childhood/mental health.

Greater Cleveland Partnership (supervised by Shawn DaVis, vice president, business innovation & growth) is seeking a fellow to further a network of corporate and institutional sustainability professionals and leaders in the region through targeted project work that will create collective initiatives and help identify more opportunities for impact on the region’s environment.

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (supervised by Tracie Washington, director of supportive services) is seeking a Community Health and Wellness Fellow to help implement health and wellness programming in response to BBC’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Famicos Foundation is looking to engage two fellows, one to assist Khalid Hawthorne, director of real estate and the new project construction manager in managing their portfolio of single-family and duplex rehabs in Hough and Glenville and one to assist the Operations Manager Carolyn Dawson as she works with each department’s director to establish operational best practices, including key performance indicators and a marketing funnel for client intake.

Jefferson-Puritas West Park Community Development (supervised by Melissa Miller Sedlock, assistant director) is seeking a fellow to learn and manage their neighborhood/agency marketing and to assist with engagement activities and neighborhood-wide events to attract visitors and residents.

The fellow at Metro West Community Development Organization (supervised by Nick De Leon, associate director) will be responsible for managing various elements of projects centered around arts & culture.

Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (supervised by Amber Jones, chief of staff, director of community health) has designed a fellowship position that will primarily focus on developing comprehensive and compelling stories about the impact of the organization in the areas of economic development, housing, and engagement in relation to community health. 

Tremont West Development Corporation (supervised by Julie Dahlhausen, executive director) will have their fellow will play a valuable role in the leadership team by assisting the team as they develop and execute marketing plans and small business support strategies.

The fellow at Union Miles Development Corporation (supervised by Jameesha Alexander, neighborhood sustainability officer) will focus on greenspace and trail development, green infrastructure, public art initiatives, community gardens, and other aspects of the built neighborhood that contribute to a high quality of life.

Applications for the 2024-25 Public Service Fellowship program are currently being reviewed and will continue to be accepted for consideration through March 18, 2024. Learn more and apply here

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