Mayor Justin M. Bibb today announced several key appointments to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) Board and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Board.
Cleveland residents and riders Lauren Welch and Jeffrey Sleasman are appointed as trustees to GCRTA Board and Marjorie Chambers is appointed to serve on the NEORSD Board.
Effective March 3, 2022 Ms. Welch will complete the final year of a three-year term that concludes on March 3, 2023. Mr. Sleasman will begin a three-year term effective March 3, 2022 through March 3, 2025. Ms. Chambers will begin a five year term.
“Today’s appointments reflect my administration’s commitment to elevating the lived experience of residents and a diversity of voices to key boards and commissions,” Mayor Bibb said.
“Both Lauren and Jeff are residents and riders. They bring over 15 years’ experience in advocacy and the technology sector respectively and will play an important role in continuing to advocate for equitable public transit policies, funding and innovation,” Mayor Bibb stated. “Marjorie is a respected labor leader and will serve as a critical voice for workers and unions in the delivery of essential services.”
About the Board Appointees:
Jeffrey Sleasman is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boussole, a consumer goods startup and previously served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Compass Biomedical. He lives Downtown with his family and is car-free. Jeff has been a dedicated transit rider for 30 years in four cities across two continents. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from Ohio State University.
Lauren Welch resides in the Edgewater neighborhood and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Communications at Say Yes Cleveland. She is the founder of Laurel Cadence, a marketing and advocacy firm and brings over 15 years of expertise in marketing, communications, and advocacy. She has used public transit since high school and continues to take transit regularly today. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and is currently undertaking a Masters of Nonprofit from Case Western Reserve University.
Marjorie Chambers is the Chairperson of the Northeast Ohio Community Action Program Council (NEO-CAP) and member of the United Auto Workers Union. She is a skilled tradesperson and has worked at General Motors for over 40 years. Marjorie is a two-time graduate of Cuyahoga Community College and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Labor Relations from Cleveland State University.