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Christen DuVernayChristen DuVernay, Director of Look Up To Cleveland

(216) 592-2296 | cduvernay@cleveleads.org | LinkedIn Profile

Christen is passionate about preparing Cleveland’s next generation of leadership and helping to amplify their voices in a society where they are often silenced, and has been recognized for her work with young adults and the Northeast Ohio community.

She came to Cleveland Leadership Center from positions at The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, where her focus has been around issues of equity around race, ethnicity, (dis)ability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression, as well as leadership development within a global context. She developed and delivered programs extensively throughout the United States around diversity and inclusion, including a large-scale LGBTQ Cultural Competence program in preparation for the 2014 Gay Games in Northeastern Ohio.

She has been named by The Plain Dealer as one of Cleveland’s Community Heroes for her work with young adults and received an LGBT Heritage Day Award from the City of Cleveland for her work in education and social services. She was named one of the top five most influential people in Northeast Ohio for LGBTQ advocacy by Cleveland Magazine, and Cisgender Ally of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Transgender community.

Christen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Notre Dame College, a master’s in psychology from Cleveland State University and graduate-level certification in diversity management. She is adjunct faculty at CSU. Christen resides in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood with her many rescued pets.