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Nicole M. Bell-Moye

Nicole M. Bell-Moye, Executive Director, The Presidents' Council Foundation
Nicole M. Bell-Moye is the Executive Director of The Presidents’ Council Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on research and entrepreneurial education in Northeast Ohio’s African-American community.  Nicole joined organization in 2008 as the Director of Programs and was appointed as Executive Director in August 2011 where she oversees the day-to-day operations of The Presidents’ Council Foundation, which includes fundraising, relationship development, communications, program management and event planning. An Ohio native, Nicole earned her Master’s in Business Administration at Cleveland State University focusing her studies on human resources and management and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and management from Baldwin-Wallace College, now Baldwin Wallace University. 

Tim Tramble

Tim Tramble, Executive Director, Burten, Bell Carr Development Corporation
Tim became the executive director of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) in 2000. Under Tim’s leadership BBC has grown from a fledgling staff of 2 with minimal services to a highly productive CDC that delivers a multitude of programs and services. BBC is largely responsible for the nationally renowned revitalization of the Central community, which includes the greatest number of developed and sold homes in Cleveland over the past decade.  Tim earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University where he also earned his graduate certificate in Non-profit Management. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Central State University and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

Al Grimes

Al Grimes, Director, Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative
Aldonis Grimes is the Director of the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, the only one if its magnitude in the state of Ohio. Al has been responsible for the Initiative since its inception in 2004. He manages all county related fatherhood contracts, represents the county in fatherhood collaborations, directs policy development and technical assistance among collaborations and works with national, state and local partners to monitor the successes of other fatherhood programs. Mr. Grimes has over 25 years of management experience with BP America and the General Motors Corporation in addition to his experience with the county. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University.


Sonya Pryor-Jones

Sonya Pryor-Jones, Promise Director, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Sonya Pryor-Jones is the director of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, a local collaborative led by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland that is focused on improving schools and educational opportunities for the children in the Central Neighborhood.  Prior to joining the foundation, Sonya founded Synchronicity Consulting LLC, an education and organizational development consultancy. Sonya previously was the executive director of the Metropolitan Cleveland Consortium for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at Case Western Reserve University.  Sonya is a graduate of Kenyon College and has a Master’s in Education from Cleveland State University.

Greg Brown

Greg Brown, Executive Director, PolicyBridge
Prior to joining PolicyBridge, Greg was president of Brown & Associates Consulting Services which provided consulting services to philanthropic, public and nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic thinking and planning, community building, youth development, organizational development, public policy, and program and project development.  He has also served as executive director and president of The Center for Community Solutions, as well as associate director of the Cleveland Community-Building Initiative where he was responsible for operational and program-related activities in four Cleveland neighborhoods.  Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors Beech Brook, El Barrio, Global Cleveland Initiative, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium and the Center for Families and Children.   Greg is an adjunct professor at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and is an instructor for the Ohio Certified Public Management Program, the Cuyahoga County Career Executive Program, and the City of Cleveland’s Cleveland Management Academy.

Kenneth Surratt

Kenneth Surratt, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Ken Surratt is a Special Assistant to Cuyahoga County Executive, Ed FitzGerald, focusing on education and youth development.  Ken is currently overseeing the launch of the largest public college savings account program in the country where every incoming kindergarten student in Cuyahoga County will have a savings account opened for them with an initial deposit of $100 from Cuyahoga County. Ken was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Breakthrough Charter Schools, a high-performing network of charter schools sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  Before returning to Cleveland in 2011, Ken served in a number of education related roles including Assistant Director of CREDO (Center for Research on Education Outcomes), Policy Analyst with San Francisco Unified School District and as Manager of School Inspections and Business Operations Manager with KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), the largest national network of charter schools.  Ken grew up in the Lee-Miles and Glenville neighborhoods of Cleveland and holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with concentrations in Accounting and Management from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Lisa Bottoms

Panel moderator: Lisa Bottoms, Program Director for Human Services and Child and Youth Development, The Cleveland Foundation
Lisa L. Bottoms is Program Director for Human Services, Child & Youth Development at The Cleveland Foundation.  Prior to joining TCF, Lisa was Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Family and Children First Council, the county's human services public policy and planning body. She managed Invest in Children, a national model for redesigning early childhood services and developed policy and programming to meet the needs of children in public systems.  Lisa earned a master's degree from Cleveland State University, and bachelor's degree from Kent State University. She is married with four children and lives in Cleveland Heights.