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Derek Cluse, CPA

Derek Cluse, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Derek J. Cluse, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC), the largest Community Action Agency in Ohio. CEOGC is a private nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through education, personal and professional development programs, and support services.

Before joining CEOGC, Derek served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for The Cleveland Metropolitan School District where he played a leadership role in transforming the finance organization to align with the strategies of the Cleveland Plan. He has also held C-Level positions in finance and operations for Hudson City School District in Hudson, Ohio, Ashland City School District in Ashland, Ohio, The Institute of Charter School Management and Resources in Dayton, Ohio, and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Derek is a seasoned executive whose accomplishments include successful business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, and major enterprise resource planning system implementations. He has delivered measurable value everywhere he has been by focusing on business fundamentals, sustainability, and innovation.

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Derek graduated with honors from Southern University and A & M College with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on several boards including the Urban League of Trumbull County, The Ohio Association of School Business Officials, The Ohio School Plan, and the Eaton Estate Community Association. Derek is a graduate of Leadership Hudson and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending with his family, coaching youth basketball, cooking, and listening to music.