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India Pierce Lee - TDC Board Member; Senior Vice President, The Cleveland Foundation

India Pierce Lee - TDC Board Member; Senior Vice President, The Cleveland Foundation

India Pierce Lee is senior vice president, program at the Cleveland Foundation. She leads the foundation’s grantmaking team, working with the board, staff, and community leaders to define Greater Cleveland’s critical needs and leverage resources to help meet them.

Pierce Lee joined the foundation in 2006 as program director for neighborhoods, housing and community development. She worked with Cleveland’s community development corporations and neighborhood intermediary organizations, and oversaw the Greater University Circle Initiative, a multi-institutional neighborhood revitalization partnership including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the City of Cleveland.

Pierce Lee serves as chair of Cleveland State University’s Levin College Visiting Committee and in October 2019, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Cleveland State University College of Graduate Studies.

She holds a bachelor of science in management from Cleveland’s Dyke College and is a graduate of the Louis Stokes Fellowship in community development from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where she obtained a Master of Science in social administration.

Honors that Pierce Lee has received include the United Black Fund Judge George W. White Community Leadership Award (December 2020), the Global Cleveland Albert B. & Audrey G. Ratner Community Leader Award (December 2020), and the Cleveland Public Library MLK Drum Major for Change Award (January 2021).