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India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation, Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing, and Community Development
India Pierce Lee has 22 years of experience in community and economic development. She helps lead the foundation's revitalization efforts in Cleveland's Greater University Circle area, an initiative that includes transportation and housing assistance, education, safety, community wealth, and economic inclusion. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, India served as Senior Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI), where she led several joint initiatives, including the Cleveland Neighborhood Partnership Program. She was also Senior Program Director with the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Director of The Empowerment Zone with the City of Cleveland's department of Economic Development, and Executive Director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. Prior to that, she worked as an air traffic control specialist. India completed the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She spent 10 months on the Harvard campus studying best practices in neighborhood revitalization, with a special interest in sustainability.India has been recognized for outstanding service to Cleveland throughout her career, including receiving a key to the City of Cleveland from former Mayor Michael R. White. She was named one of the 500 Most Influential Women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live magazine and is both an alumnus of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2002 and a Louis Stokes Fellow from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. India earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Cleveland’s Dyke College and holds a Master of Science degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband Peter live in Glenville and attend Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Mark D. Ribbens.