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Greater Cleveland Reentry Leadership Coalition


Leadership Coalition Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on:
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Friday, November 16, 2018 
The Greater Cleveland Reentry Leadership Coalition is the oldest and most developed organization of its kind in Ohio. It was first established, prior to the inception of the Office of Reentry, to provide structured oversight and leadership to the many institutions and organizations that provide services to, or are involved with returning citizens. Overall, its mission is to guarantee successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated people, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.

The Leadership Coalition has matured into a group that sets policy goals to guide reentry efforts in Cuyahoga County and advocates for legislative and regulatory changes that remove unnecessary barriers to successful reentry.

Bi-monthly meetings are held at the ADAMHS Board at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of odd numbered months. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest improving public safety and strengthening communities by improving the reentry process.


photo of man wearing a black suit and red tieWard 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, Leadership Coalition Chair
Ward 6 Councilman Blaine A. Griffin represents one of Cleveland's most diverse wards, encompassing the East Side neighborhoods of Fairfax, Larchmere, Little Italy, Woodland Hills, and parts of Buckeye-Shaker, University Circle, North Broadway, Slavic Village and Union-Miles. Councilman Griffin was elected to City Council in November of 2017, after being appointed in May of 2017, to fill a seat vacated by Mamie Mitchell.

Prior to serving on council, Councilman Griffin had been executive director of the city's Community Relation's Board for 11 years. He led a staff and board trustees in efforts to improve cross-culture relations throughout the city and police/community relations and youth initiatives.

Prior to City Hall, Councilman Griffin worked with the Cuyahoga Department of Justice Affairs. As a program officer, he managed community re-entry efforts and initiatives to help transition serious violent offenders from correctional facilities back into their communities. Councilman Griffin also served as a program director for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. He was responsible for the fiscal and operational oversight of the largest network of emergency food distribution sites in Cuyahoga County with a budget of more than $2.7 million. He managed seven staff members and more than 800 volunteers throughout Cuyahoga County to service 160 emergency food distribution centers.

Councilman Griffin is a graduate of the Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs Leadership Academy and the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Leadership Cleveland; Class of 2014, as well as a German Marshall Memorial Fellow. He is originally from Youngstown but moved to Cleveland in 1993. He and his wife of 20 years, Jeanette, and their three sons live in the Larchmere neighborhood of Ward 6. He graduated from Malone College in Canton, Ohio, with a bachelor of arts degree in communications.


photo of man with glasses smiling at the camera David Merriman, Vice-Chairman, Cuyahoga County Health & Human Services Assistant Director
David Merriman is the assistant director of Cuyahoga County’s Department of Health and Human Services. He is managing the department’s strategic initiatives and leading efforts to integrate human service and workforce efforts. He previously oversaw the County’s Medicaid, TANF, child care, food assistance, and child support programs as the Administrator of Cuyahoga Job and Family Services. He has also worked as the county’s Deputy Chief of Staff of Health and Human Services where he lead the County development of Pay for Success programing and supported the budget and policy development for human services. David’s professional career began as an Americorp volunteer, and he has worked in child welfare as a case worker as well as in public health on infant mortality prevention programing and HIV/STI prevention and housing services.