Exclusive for Professional Members - Join the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club for our Monthly CEO Dinner with Debbie Berry, Vice President of Community Development University Circle Inc.
The CEO Dinner series is one of the Club's longest standing institutions. Each month our Professional Members have the opportunity to join the CEO of a local company for a private dinner. These events are intentionally limited to 12 people so everyone has an opportunity to share in a robust and inclusive discussion.
Attendees can make connections not only with the CEO, but also with the other driven young professionals in attendance. The CEOs represent a wide range of companies and industries and whether big or small, public or private, well-known or niche, good conversation is had by all. This event will be $20 per professional member and will include your dinner at Taza.
Debbie currently serves as Vice President of Community Development for University Circle Inc. (UCI), the non-profit development, service, and advocacy organization responsible for transforming Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood into a premier urban district. Her responsibilities include managing physical development projects, coordinating future development opportunities, and overseeing needed infrastructure, transportation, greenspace and neighborhood improvements.
Debbie is directing the effort to transform UCI into an active development corporation that is driving a neighborhood renaissance in University Circle. She is leading multi-million-dollar investments at key locations throughout the district, which include UCI's Bring Back Euclid Avenue Campaign and eight strategic investment projects that are changing the face of University Circle with a hotel, over 2000 units of new housing, businesses, public parks, and wayfinding and streetscape amenities.
Prior to joining UCI, Debbie served as the Lakefront Plan Manager for the City of Cleveland and managed the Waterfront District Plan, a comprehensive redevelopment plan for more than eight-miles of Cleveland’s shoreline that is still guiding development along the lakefront today.
Debbie holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Cleveland Metroparks Board of Commissioners where she oversees improvements to over 24,000 acres of parks and public spaces. She also serves as a Board member for the Cleveland Leadership Center, The Foundry, The First Tee of Cleveland, In Counsel with Women, and the local chapter of the American Planning Association.
Debbie was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business top “Forty under 40” and she is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Cleveland class. In 2017, she was honored in Smart Business Cleveland as “One to Watch” in Northeast Ohio and she received the NAIOP President’s Award for commercial property development in 2021. Debbie and her husband Patrick live in Lakewood, Ohio.