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Brown bag lunch with the Cleveland Metroparks

October 17, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Brian Zimmerman and Debbie Berry will chat with attendees about 100 years of the Cleveland Metroparks and what’s next.

Open to CLC Members.

Are you a graduate of a CLC program but not a Member? Join today to get access to the Brown Bag series, as well as other Member perks.

The event is free, but registration is required.
Attendees are invited to bring their lunch.


Brian Zimmerman
(LC 2011, LC2 2012 & 2014)
CEO, Cleveland Metroparks

As Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Metroparks, Brian Zimmerman is responsible for the management of over 23,000 acres including 18 park reservations, eight golf courses, a nationally acclaimed Zoo, hundreds of miles of parkways and trails, and more than 1,500 employees that serve approximately 18 million recreational visits annually.

Under Zimmerman’s leadership, the Park District was the recipient of the 2016 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management and recognized as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio as a NorthCoast 99 10-year Legacy Award winner, a total of 6-times under Brian’s leadership.

In 2016 Zimmerman was named “Professional of the Year” by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, Crain’s Cleveland Business named him a “2014 Newsmaker,” Inside Business magazine named him to its “Power 100” list, and in 2011 he was named a recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business “40 Under 40” Award.

Debbie Berry

(LC 2008, LC2 2014)
President, Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners

Debbie currently serves as Vice President of Planning and Real Estate Development for University Circle Inc. (UCI), the non-profit development, service, and advocacy organization responsible for transforming Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood into a premier urban district.  Her responsibilities include managing physical development projects, coordinating future development opportunities, and overseeing needed infrastructure, greenspace and neighborhood improvements.

Debbie holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio. She is Chairperson of the infrastructure advocacy organization, Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC) and also serves as a Board member for the Cleveland Leadership Center, Women in Transportation, and the local chapter of the American Planning Association. Debbie was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business top “Forty under 40.”


October 17, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Oswald Conference Centre
1100 Superior Avenue East, First Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
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