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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The City Club of Cleveland Welcomes New Project Director

Stephanie Jansky, Director of Programming, The City Club of Cleveland

The City Club of Cleveland Welcomes New Project Director

The City Club of Cleveland is pleased to announce the hiring of Lynnette Bilal as Project Director for the City Club of the Mahoning Valley (CCMV). She starts in her new position on February 2, 2018.

A graduate of Youngstown State University, Bilal comes to CCMV with 25 years of direct service, advocacy, project development, and management experience. Since 1990, she has dedicated her services to the anti-violence movement in various capacities; most recently, she served as Prevention Coordinator for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence providing training and technical assistance to prevention and rape crisis programs in Ohio.

“We’re very excited to have Lynnette Bilal join CCMV as its first Project Director,” says Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland. “Her vast experiences and lessons learned from years of outreach, collaboration with local agencies, and advocacy efforts will assist CCMV in its mission to create conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive.”

“I am excited to be a part of an organization with such a rich history dedicated to promoting and facilitating community dialogue,” says Bilal. “I look forward to bringing their mission to Mahoning Valley.”

CCMV is a project of The City Club of Cleveland, one of the nation’s oldest free speech forums. For the last year, an Advisory Committee comprised of committed Mahoning Valley volunteers have been organizing CCMV forums on a variety of topics including climate change, public education, immigration policy, and white supremacism. In her new role, Bilal will be responsible for fundraising, marketing and media relations, and working in tandem with the Advisory Committee, executing forums on topics pertinent to the Mahoning Valley.

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