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Douglass Bennett

Douglass Bennett

Vice President of External Affairs

Douglass Bennett is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. His focus will be on development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction of the organization and its leadership.

Before joining the Council, Doug was in Community Affairs for Gateway Health, covering the Northeast and Northwest areas of Ohio. Prior to Gateway Health, Doug had his own consulting business and worked for Medical Mutual. Before coming back to the Cleveland area he was the first Executive Director of Leadership 18, a membership association of CEO’s of the largest Health and Human Service Organizations in the United States. Doug was responsible for managing the membership and direction of the organization. Their mission is to provide a forum for the largest human development non-profit CEOs to improve strategic leadership and inspire collective action. He came to Leadership 18 after working at AT&T one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world.  Before AT&T he worked at National City Bank as an Assistant Vice President for Commercial Lending.

Doug was inducted into the Kaleidoscope 40 under 40 in June of 1999. In 2005, he was selected as an American Marshall Fellow-German Marshall Fund of the United States, which builds a global network of leaders understanding international affairs. He has served on many civic and community organizations. His past involvement includes the following boards: President of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce; the City Club of Cleveland; The United Black Fund; Treasurer- the Diversity Center; and the Cleveland Leadership Center. He served as a Mayoral Appointee to the on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Beachwood.

In addition to Doug’s past involvement on boards, he also served on several committees including, the visiting Committee for Cleveland State University, and helped organize local events for other community organizations. Doug is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Blacks in Management, and the Civil Service Commission in the City of Beachwood.