Program Manager for Economic Inclusion
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
Office Location: UR352
Walter Wright is the program manager for economic inclusion at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs, where he is working to increase opportunities for residents through the Greater University Circle initiative. He has worked for 20 years in community development, most recently as a project director at the Cleveland Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation he worked as a senior program officer at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and as the director of economic development at the Tremont West Development Corporation. During this time, he has also served as a board member at community and arts organizations.
His current activities include directing the Greater University Circle Economic Inclusion Initiative, conducting research and evaluation of programs, facilitation, and network building in urban community transformation. He is a board member for the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University, the City of Cleveland’s Public Art Committee, and the Cleveland Print Room. He is a founding member of the Cleveland Colectivo, a local giving circle.
Prior to his career in community development, he worked as an exhibiting artist, and taught in public and private schools and community-based organizations. He earned both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University, and a Certificate in Studio Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He is a certified Economic Development Professional with the National Development Council, and has pursued training in positive psychology, facilitation, mediation, leadership development and coaching.
Areas of Expertise:
- Building Strategic Alliances Among Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors
- Best Practices and Evaluation in Community Development
- Group Facilitation, Moderation and Analysis
- The Arts and Community Transformation
- Program Evaluation and Planning
- Building Local Economies
- Leadership Development
- Civic Education