Marianne Crosley bio

Marianne Crosley

President & CEO, Cleveland Leadership Center

Marianne Crosley has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Leadership Center since 2010. She leads the civic education, leadership development, and civic engagement organization in its execution of numerous programs to build civic leadership capacity. Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director of Summer on the Cuyahoga, an economic development initiative that attracts young talent to the region. She is passionate about building a pipeline of leaders to forge a successful future for Cleveland.

Crosley graduated from Colgate University and received her J. D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She worked as a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York and rose to be a supervisor in the Homicide Bureau. Crosley is a Trustee Emerita of Colgate University and recipient of the Maroon Citation and the University’s highest award, The Brian Little Award for Distinguished Service. In 2017 Smart Business Cleveland highlighted her in “Who to Watch”; in 2018 she was recognized as a Crain’s Cleveland Business “Woman of Note”; in 2019 as one of the Notable Women in Nonprofits; in 2021 as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio: in both 2021 and 2022, one of the “Cleveland 500” by Cleveland Magazine, and in 2023 a “Progressive Woman” by Smart Business Magazine.

She serves on the Board of Trustees for South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland Play House, St. Edward High School, The Non-profit Center Advisory Board, and on the Board of Visitors for Cuyahoga Community College.