Making Way for New Opportunities

By Bethia Burke, Fund President

Earlier this week, Cleveland Mayor-elect Justin Bibb announced the co-chairs of his transition team. These co-chairs will help lay the groundwork for his new administration and Director of Regional Engagement Bradford Davy is taking a brief leave of absence from the Fund to manage that transition team.

This is an exciting new challenge! It will require collaboration, innovative thinking, and a persistent focus on equity, all strengths Bradford has honed during his past few years at the Fund. Bradford’s work on the transition is a continuation of his commitment to a better Northeast Ohio, and we will all be the better for it.

This mayoral transition—Cleveland’s first in 16 years—is a critically important time for the city and the region. The next several months will provide opportunities to align priorities around a shared vision for a more equitable, more prosperous Northeast Ohio economy. We look forward to contributing our support and partnership to the new administration.

On behalf of Fund members and colleagues, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Bradford on his appointment to Mayor-elect Bibb’s transition team and wish him all the best in this role. I am extraordinarily proud of Bradford’s leadership—a testament both to his innate talents and to our Fund’s role as a place for emerging civic leaders to develop and thrive.

Bradford, from all of us at the Fund, we can’t wait to support you in this role!


As president of the Fund, Bethia brings critical analysis to Northeast Ohio’s most pressing challenges, works with diverse stakeholders to find common ground, and advances real solutions in job creation, job preparation and job access.