Levin College Forum

Equity Planning: What’s Next for Cleveland?

Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
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Note: 2.0 AICP CM credits are available for this event.

About this Event

Join a  discussion exploring the future of equity planning in Cleveland. Panelists will discuss how the principles of equity can be embedded into the many planning decisions currently playing out in Cleveland. They will draw on examples from a new book edited by Krumholz & Hexter—Advancing Equity Planning Now. The forum will take an in-depth look at housing and community development but will touch on other planning issues addressed in the book as well. Panelists will discuss how a federal public housing initiative—the Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD—is currently being implemented by the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority including how city leaders and major stakeholders can leverage the redevelopment of large public housing properties. They will also explore opportunities to address equity through the city’s community development strategy.

Patrick CostiganKeynote Speaker:
Patrick Costigan, Strategic Advisor with the RAD Collaborative

Patrick Costigan has nearly 35 years of experience in affordable housing and community development.

From 2011 to 2014, he has served as a senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he was charged with launching the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, the centerpiece of HUD’s strategy to preserve at-risk public and assisted-housing developments.

Before that, he served 11 years as senior vice president at The Community Builders, a Boston-based nonprofit developer and owner of affordable housing.

Costigan is a principal in CF Housing Group and serves as a strategic adviser to the RAD Collaborative.


Kathy HexterPanel Moderator:
Kathryn W. Hexter
, Former Director of the Center for Community Planning and Development, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Kathryn W. Hexter is a planner and public policy analyst. She has over 25 years of experience managing and directing program evaluations, research and technical assistance projects in the areas of housing policy, community and neighborhood development, sustainable development, city and regional planning, and civic engagement.


Norman KrumholzNorman Krumholz, Professor Emeritus, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Norman Krumholz who earned his planning degree at Cornell. Prior to this, he served as a planning practitioner in Ithaca, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. He served as Planning Director of the City of Cleveland from 1969-1979 under Mayors Carl B. Stokes, Ralph J. Perk, and Dennis Kucinich.

Professor Krumholz has published in many professional journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. In addition, he has written chapters for many books. His book(with John Forester) Making Equity Planning Work won the Paul Davidoff book of the year award of the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning. His most recent book, Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods (with Dennis Keating), was published by Sage in 1999. His research has been supported by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He served as the President of the American Planning Association (1986-1987), received the APA Award for Distinguished Leadership in 1990, and in 1999 was serving as the President of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He was awarded the Prize of Rome in 1987 by the American Academy in Rome. Professor Norm Krumholz was recently appointed an AICP fellow, and his Cleveland Policy Plan declared a "Planning Landmark".

Mark McDermottMark McDermott VP & Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Mark McDermott leads a team of nine in delivering Enterprise’s programming and investment in affordable housing and community development activities in Cleveland, Columbus and throughout Ohio. Mark joined Enterprise in 1998 as director of Enterprise’s Cleveland office. He was promoted to vice president in 2003.

Mark came to Enterprise with 15 years of experience in citywide housing development, management and training organizations. Prior to joining Enterprise, he spent eight years as executive director of the Cleveland Housing Network. In addition, he served as research associate in community housing programs for the Center for Neighborhood Development at Cleveland State University and as executive director of the Citizens to Bring Broadway Back.

Mark has a master’s degree in urban planning, design and development from the Levin College at Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Borromeo College of Ohio. He is a member of the board of trustees for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Village Capital Corporation, and Evergreen Energy Solutions and a member of Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainability Cleveland 2019 Stewardship Council. 

Tania MenesseTania Menesse Director of Community Development, City of Cleveland

Tania Menesse is responsible for:

*Planning, administering and evaluating U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds and implementing programs designed to conserve and expand the housing stock

*Revitalizing commercial areas

*Acquiring, maintaining and marketing vacant land

*Improving the quality of human services

*Developing small areas of neighborhood strategies

Menesse also manages the Office of Fair Housing and Consumer Affairs which enforces Cleveland's Consumer Protection Code and fosters relationships with the lending community.

Prior to joining the City of Cleveland, Menesse was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Shaker Heights. The primary objective of her role was to generate a commercial revenue base for the City by attracting, retaining and facilitating the expansion of businesses that contributed to Shaker’s character. Menesse developed the City’s economic development plan and led the development of The Van Aken District, Shaker Heights’ downtown.

Ten years of experience in sales, product development, project management and process re-engineering in the private sector provided a foundation for Menesse’s neighborhood economic development efforts. She made the transition to the public and non-profit sector by completing her Master’s Degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Jeffery K. PattersonJeffrey K. Patterson CEO & Safety Director, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

Jeffrey K. Patterson was appointed to Chief Executive Officer by the CMHA Board of Commissioners in March of 2012 after serving as CMHA's Interim CEO and Chief of Staff and Operations. Patterson has over twenty-four years of dedicated service to the residents of Cuyahoga County. As CEO of one of the 10 largest housing authorities in the country, he is responsible for a $260 million dollar budget, 1,000 employees, 10,500 units of housing, 15,000 housing choice vouchers, and nearly 55,000 residents and participants of CMHA's Low Income Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. Patterson directs CMHA's efforts to be the leader in providing safe, affordable housing for low income residents of Cuyahoga County, while striving to use innovative sustainable practices and techniques to serve the residents of CMHA.

Before being named Chief of Staff and Operations in October of 2006, Patterson served as Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Human Resource Management and Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining CMHA, Patterson worked thirteen years for the City of Cleveland as an intern in labor relations and working his way up to the Mayoral cabinet level position of Director of Personnel and Human Resources.

Patterson possesses a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Mount Union College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College. Patterson serves on the Boards of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance; St. Luke’s Foundation; Cleveland Neighborhood Progress; American Heart Association, Executive Leadership Team for the Cleveland Heart Walk; Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Chair of People, Policies and Procedures Committee; Council for Large Public Housing Authorities, Vice President; Housing Authority Insurance Group, Board of Directors; North Central Regional Council for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO); Unify Project, Chair of Governance Committee; Campus District, Vice Chairperson of the Board; Cleveland Rape Crisis Center; and National Initiative Mixed Income Communities. Patterson has been recognized as part of Leadership Cleveland and "Who's Who in Black Cleveland" and is a recipient of the Campus District’s Visionary Award, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Development Award, Ohio City Inc. Presidential Award and acknowledged by Smart Business Magazine as the Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year. He is married to his wife Melody and they have two daughters.

India Pierce LeeIndia Pierce Lee Senior Vice President, Program, The Cleveland Foundation

India Pierce Lee joined the foundation in 2006 as Program Director for Community Development. Pierce Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Dyke College, a Master of Science in Social Administration as a Louis Stokes Fellow from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and in May 2017, she obtained a Master of Art in Psychology specializing in Diversity Management at Cleveland State University. In 2009, Pierce Lee completed the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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