Cimperman Welcomes Immigrants in New Global Cleveland Role

Joe Cimperman, President of Global Cleveland, was recently interviewed by Leah Hammond for Cleveland State University’s Engaging Cleveland Neighborhoods, a CSU-produced pilot program for the upcoming TremonsterTV (Ellen Robinson, Producer).

About Global Cleveland

Global Cleveland seeks to attract, welcome and connect newcomers, including highly skilled and highly trained immigrants and refugees, to Cleveland and Cuyahoga County in order to strengthen the economic vitality and social fabric of our region.  The organizational vision is to create a welcoming region that is a place of opportunity and prosperity for people of all racial, ethnic and international backgrounds.  Global Cleveland works to connect various resources within the region and collaborate with existing organizations to:  1) Welcome newcomers who will support the growth and talent needs of businesses, industries and institutions; 2) Assist international newcomers and young professionals to establish roots in our neighborhoods; and 3) Foster an inclusive and welcoming community.

About Joe Cimperman

Joe Cimperman was born in Cleveland to a Slovenian family in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. He is a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School (1988) and John Carroll University (1992). While attending John Carroll, Cimperman won the Beaudry Award for Christian servant leadership and academic achievement and also founded Project GOLD, an award- winning international community service organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged families. Joe served two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working with developmentally challenged adults in Portland, Maine and at the Don Miller AIDS Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland. After a successful tenure with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Joe returned home to Cleveland to serve as an outreach worker at Cleveland’s West Side Catholic Center. In 2003, Cimperman was selected as a Fellow for the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program of the German Marshall Fund. Cimperman was elected to Cleveland City Council in 1997 and served until 2016. Cimperman is currently the President of Global Cleveland, an organization whose vision is to create a welcoming region that is a place of opportunity and prosperity for people of all racial, ethnic and international backgrounds. Cimperman lives in Ohio City with his wife Nora and children.

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