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Press Release

Cleveland Fed announces members of its inaugural Community Advisory Council

Council members will help to inform the Bank's work on emerging economic and social issues

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is pleased to announce the members of its first-ever Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC will help inform the Bank's Community Development staff and senior leadership about current and emerging economic trends and social issues impacting lower-income communities.

CAC members were selected to be representative of the region served by the Cleveland Fed and strategically aligned to the Community Development team's core areas of focus, including workforce and economic development, housing affordability, and access to credit for small business. The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

CAC members will serve two-year terms, but could be asked to stay on longer to provide mentorship to new council members or if they are involved in ongoing projects. The newly appointed council members are:

Member Title Organization Location
Eric Avner Vice President and Senior Program Manager The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation Cincinnati, OH
Keith Burwell President and Chief Executive Officer Toledo Community Foundation Toledo, OH
Heidi Gartland Vice President of Government and Community Relations University Hospitals Cleveland, OH
Presley Gillespie President Neighborhood Allies Pittsburgh, PA
Ernie Hogan Executive Director Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group Pittsburgh, PA
David James Superintendent Akron City School District Akron, OH
Tawana Jones Community and Economic Development Operations Manager Montgomery County Dayton, OH
Bryan Kieler Director of Lending in Ohio IFF Columbus, OH
Edwin King Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Kentucky Housing Corporation Frankfort, KY
Breen Masciotra TOD Project Manager Port Authority of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
Augie Napoli President and Chief Executive Officer United Way of Greater Cleveland Cleveland, OH
Jillian Olinger Senior Research Associate, Housing & Civic Engagement The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Columbus, OH
Jim Stark Chief Executive Officer Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc. Uniontown, PA
Stephanie Stiene Director of Financial Wellness and Volunteer Engagement Brighton Center Newport, KY
Danny Williams President and Chief Executive Officer Eliza Bryant Village Cleveland, OH

Brief biographies of the CAC members are available online.

The council's first meeting will be October 17, 2018. Meeting agendas will be posted on the Bank's website after each meeting.

Community Development

The Cleveland Fed's Community Development Department is responsible for research, analysis, and engagement on economic issues affecting lower-income communities. The group works to foster a better understanding of these challenges, promotes cooperation among a variety of stakeholders, and fosters active engagement by depository institutions in providing credit and banking services to their communities.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Media contact

Doug Campbell,, 513.455.4479