Why Legacy Leaders?

Legacy Leaders engages experienced leaders in relevant civic issues and projects to drive long-term change that improves and grows Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Legacy Leaders will identify community needs and propose projects that are relevant, important, and benefit the community. These activities will be designed in conjunction with those who will immediately benefit from the initiative.

Collaboration will be a running thread throughout the Legacy Leaders program. In addition to leveraging their own personal leadership skills, talents, and experience, Legacy leaders will identify and work alongside key individuals, groups, and organizations to maximize community impact. The Legacy Leaders’ work is focused in four areas.

Focus Areas

Cleveland Forward

Legacy Leaders will create and respond to submitted projects that they believe will best serve Northeast Ohio’s future. These projects may be stand-alone, permanent programs or short-term endeavors. All proposed projects must:

  • Clearly articulate the proposed outcome.
  • Be focused on improving Northeast Ohio.
  • Involve strategic thinking or planning.
  • Allow for public sharing of information (e.g. online updates, press releases, etc.).

Puerto Rico service trips

To continue the efforts begun post-hurricane Maria, Legacy Leaders will lead service trips to the Island and will work in Cleveland to support the Puerto Rican communities locally and on the Island.

Social Entrepreneur Projects

Legacy Leaders will work with social entrepreneurs and community organizations to increase their impact and services.

Stokes Senior Fellows

Select Legacy Leaders will be invited to serve as Senior Stokes Fellows for the Stokes Leadership Institute – a multi-generational civic leadership program. They will cultivate a diverse group of future and current leaders and work alongside them to tackle some of Cleveland’s toughest issues.