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Thoughts on Equity and Dramatic Change

June 23, 2010

After being treated to a tour of Cleveland’s neighborhoods, conference participants will return to the Hyatt for a conference opener from Randall McShepard, the Co-Founder and Chairman of PolicyBridge.  Clevelanders will recognize Mr. McShepard from his myriad roles in the community, and it’s from his perspective as a fierce advocate for better public education, better community engagement in governmental decisions, and better urban policy that he has been asked to set the tone for the conference.  Specifically, he will talk about the urgent decisions that our cities are making today, and how they can be better informed by a perspective of creating equity, of preparing to share the hoped-for benefits of our revitalization with all the city’s residents.

You can check out recent PolicyBridge reports (including the most recent “Building a Better Bridge” brief, which might give some hint into what we can expect at the conference) here, and read his bio after the jump.

Randell McShepard is currently employed as the Vice President of Public Affairs for RPM International Inc., a $3.4 billion dollar specialty coatings/paint company, headquartered in Medina, Ohio.  He is responsible for coordinating external affairs and community partnerships for the company, and manages corporate philanthropy and corporate purchasing initiatives.

Randell worked for 15 years in the nonprofit community prior to joining RPM for organizations including City Year and the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission, and has an extensive background as a strategic planning consultant.  He is a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers and is active on several boards in Northeast Ohio including Baldwin–Wallace College, the Sisters of Charity Foundation (Chairman-Emeritus), the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, The Union Club and Business Volunteers Unlimited.  He also is a Co-Founder and Chairman of PolicyBridge, an African-American public policy think tank serving the Northeast Ohio region.

Mr. McShepard was born and raised in Cleveland, and is a proud alumnus of John F. Kennedy High School, Baldwin-Wallace College (undergraduate) and Cleveland State University (graduate).  Randell and his wife (Gail) live in Beachwood, Ohio and have three children – Anthony, Avery and Madison.

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