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Transition Steering Committee

David Abbott is executive director of The George Gund Foundation and previously served as president of University Circle Incorporated, executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and executive director of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. Abbott was also the Cuyahoga County administrator and, early in his career, a reporter for The Plain Dealer.

Andres Gonzalez is the Director of Diversity & Community Outreach for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His responsibilities include development, implementation and evaluation of diversity and inclusion initiatives. He oversees the creation, implementation and evaluation of Community Outreach initiatives and provides consultation and inservice training for community/government agencies.

Sharon Sobol Jordan is the President and CEO of the Center for Families and Children (CFC), one of Northeast Ohio’s largest non-profit human service providers serving over 11,000 children, families and individuals each year. Jordan previously served in an eight-year public career with the City of Cleveland, primarily as its Law Director and special counsel to Mayor Michael R. White. Prior to that, Jordan worked in the private sector as a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Schneider Smeltz Ranney & LaFond.

Frederick R. Nance serves is the Regional Managing Partner of Squire Sanders and Dempsey, operating out of the Cleveland office. Mr. Nance was recently elected by his partners to serve on the firm’s worldwide, seven-person Management Committee. Mr. Nance's legal practice focuses on sports and entertainment law, commercial litigation, client counseling and public-private partnerships. Much of his practice in recent years has included high-stakes negotiations involving community interests.