Chief of Sustainability

Jenita McGowan is responsible as Chief of Sustainability for advising the City on policies related to sustainability and the oversight of the Office of Sustainability; leading the coordination of Sustainable Cleveland 2019 to develop new strategies that allow Cleveland to use sustainability as an innovation engine for economic growth, and reducing the City’s ecological footprint with solutions that also save the City money.

Prior to her promotion to Mayor Jackson’s staff, Jenita served as Sustainability Manager in the Office of Sustainability. In this role she managed the development of City-wide policies and procedures related to implementing sustainability principles throughout City Departments; successfully applied for and managed grants; assisted various Departments and Divisions in implementing sustainability projects, coordinated Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiatives; interfaced with non-profit communities; and researched strategies to develop best management practices on addressing sustainability issues in the community.

Prior to her work for the City, she held several positions related to sustainability and community engagement including: Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator at Urban Community School, 2010 Census Campaign Coordinator at Neighborhood Connections, Assistant to Councilman Joe Cimperman, and she served as a Cleveland Executive Fellow with All Aboard Ohio, A Piece of Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Development Corporation, MC2 STEM high school and the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition. She also held various arts related positions including teaching, performance and choreography.

Jenita has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Kent State University. She has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the Weatherhead School of Management and a certificate in Appreciative Inquiry, from Case Western Reserve University.