Councilman Zack Reed is honored to have been given the responsibility to serve the southeast side of Cleveland since 2000. He currently serves Ward 2, which includes the Mt. Pleasant and Kinsman neighborhoods.
Councilman Reed has made the revitalization and safety of Mt. Pleasant a priority. Through his zero tolerance for crime policy, he secured funding for surveillance cameras throughout the neighborhood, implemented gun buybacks, allotted money for patrols of off-duty police officers, and helped Mt. Pleasant receive a Weed and Seed distinction.
In an effort to make the southeast side of Cleveland a destination location, Councilman Reed strives for an environment friendly to economic development. He has worked to revitalize small businesses in his neighborhood by partnering with community leaders. He has also developed a revitalization plan for the Kinsman Road Corridor and the E. 116th Street Corridor.
Councilman Reed is an advocate of minority equality in the workforce and has made strides in the educational field, including a proposal for City employees to mentor students. Other projects include the newly rebuilt A.J Rickoff Elementary, a senior center on Union Avenue, and the environmental cleanup and development of Kinsman Avenue and E. 116th Street. Future plans include a post office and a library.
Councilman Reed serves as a member of the Health and Human Services, Legislation and Public Parks, Property and Recreation Committees.
Reed began his public service career working for the State of Ohio. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps and ran the federal Youth Apprenticeship Program, where the City partnered with unions to hire youth from public housing. Reed was asked to come to San Francisco to work with Mayor Willie B. Brown to improve public housing, and later became the Intergovernmental Affairs Officer. Among his achievements, he secured over $30 million to help San Francisco obtain the most improved public housing in the nation.
A graduate from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Reed grew up in Mount Pleasant. He attended Golden Gate University and is working toward his bachelor’s in Political Science at Cleveland State University.
He is a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
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