Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity

Submit a Public Comment

Cuyahoga County and County Council have declared racism as a public health crisis in Cuyahoga County. Following this declaration, the Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity was formed to:

  • Encourage community outreach and public participation in the development of equity goals, strategies, and programs.
  • Provide recommendations and input to the Executive and County Council regarding the development of equity goals, strategies, and programs.
  • Meet publicly to provide a forum for the public to offer ideas and recommendations regarding equity.

The Council is charged with providing recommendations to reduce disparity in:

  • Healthcare (child welfare and suicide rates and life expectancy)
  • Criminal justice system
  • Access to healthy foods
  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Well-paying jobs and economic opportunity
  • Quality transportation
  • Educational opportunities
  • Safe places to be active

Requests for Proposal (RFP)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant Services
Cuyahoga County seeks a person or team to consult and provide training for all County employees on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Proposals are due by April 14, 2021.

Read Request for Proposal


A Status Report to the Community
CACE released a status report on January 6, 2021, containing an abundance of findings, recommendations and aspirations regarding how best to combat structural racism in Cuyahoga County.

Learn More


These maps will be updated periodically as additional information becomes available.

Public Comments

Title Type Size
pdf February 14, 2022 pdf 258 KB Download
pdf December 13, 2021 pdf 136 KB Download
pdf November 3, 2021 pdf 138 KB Download
pdf August 9, 2021 pdf 278 KB Download
pdf August 7, 2021 pdf 114 KB Download
pdf August 6, 2021 pdf 410 KB Download

CACE Community Conversations Student Toolkit

To hear the important, valuable perspectives of our youth, CACE has developed a Community Conversations on Structural Racism Student Toolkit. This toolkit provides adults and youth leaders with a template to structure conversations so that young people feel safe and heard—Community Conversations are a powerful mechanism to address complex problems and identify potential solutions.

CACE wants to learn and better understand how racism affects our youth. Check out the video to learn more about the purpose of the Youth Toolkit and how you can assist with CACE’s mission to hear from young people.

Explore the toolkit     Training Video

Who serves on the Council?

The Council is composed of 17 members appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive and Cuyahoga County Council President.

The current chair is Eddie Taylor (Owner Taylor Oswald LLC; Chair of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; Chairman of President’s Council)

Council Members


NameTerm EndsAppointed By/Representation
Mayor Annette Blackwell7/14/2022County Executive
Stephen Caviness7/14/2024County Executive
Rev. Kenneth Chalker7/14/2022County Executive
Jenice Contreras7/14/2023County Executive
Colleen Cotter7/14/2024County Executive
Habeebah Grimes (Chief Executive Officer of Positive Education Program- PEP)7/14/2022County Executive
Heidi Gullett7/14/2023County Executive
Marsha Mockabee7/14/2024County Executive
Dr. Charles Modlin7/14/2024County Executive
Levine Ross7/14/2025Council President
Yanela Sims7/14/2025Council President
Glen Shumate7/14/2022County Executive
Eddie Taylor7/14/2023County Executive
Sheila Wright7/14/2024County Executive


Upcoming Meetings

December 11, 2023

Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters
2079 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115
5th Floor, Room 5-006

Meeting Schedule and Archive


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