Director of Community Development

Daryl Rush began service with the City of Cleveland as the Director of the Community Development Department in April 2004. As Director, he manages the Department of Community Development, which administers federal funding from HUD, provides financing and assistance for housing development, and offers housing services to residents. 

Rush is supporting Mayor Jackson’s goal of re-establishing Cleveland neighborhoods as neighborhoods of choice; neighborhoods where residents have a high quality of life to which businesses want to locate, and where residents are involved in driving change.  Since joining Mayor Jackson’s administration, Rush has:

  • Expanded the Department’s operations to include Fair Housing, Consumer Affairs and Lead Abatement programming;
  • Successfully secured and administered $106 million of Stimulus funds and Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds from HUD for NSP-1, 2 and 3 programs;
  • Successfully secured and administered over $32 million of Department of Energy funds for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program;
  • Worked with the Housing First Initiative to develop over 650 permanent supportive housing units; and
  • Worked with other departments and partners to make Cleveland one of the national leaders in urban agriculture.

Rush has experience in many aspects of community development including managing operating grant programs and providing technical assistance to community development corporations (CDCs). He also oversaw the redevelopment and operations of two small business incubators in 250,000 square feet of industrial space; developed the operating plan for the Cleveland Fix-Up Fund (a home repair delivery system); partnered in the design and operation of the Cleveland Neighborhood Main Street Initiative; and assisted with neighborhood planning and real estate development.  

Prior to joining the City, Rush served as Senior Vice President of Programs for a Cleveland-based non-profit, Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (NPI), and as a corporate lawyer. He also held legal related positions with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals, and the law firm of Hahn Loeser and Parks before changing his focus to community & economic development. 

Rush studied management and personnel at the University of Cincinnati, and earned a Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law. He and his wife, Miriam, live in a home they renovated in the Glenville East Boulevard Historic District neighborhood. Rush is also a published author.