Staff & Partners
Strategic Urban Solutions
Kauser Razvi has extensive experience in strategic planning, business process improvements and developing organizational structures and technical application solutions for government and non-profit organizations. She has worked on federal, state, and local government projects as well as a variety of projects for non-profit organizations. In addition to strategic planning and program development, one of the main focuses of her consulting work is to help organizations improve their organizational and technical infrastructures and to help use information effectively and efficiently to improve services they deliver. She has extensive experience in helping to organize and formalize “start up” programs and organizations including working with multiple agencies and stakeholders to frame ideas, goals and objectives and provide the client with a framework that can be used to launch organizations or start projects.
Strategic Urban Solutions
Julia Kuo is an illustrator based out of Chicago, IL. She has illustrated books for Simon & Schuster, Little Brown and Co. and Quarry Books as well as editorial pieces for the New York Times. She recently self published a book along with urban planner Justin Glanville called “New to Cleveland: A Guide to (Re)Discovering the City”. Julia also teaches at Columbia College Chicago and is part of a paper goods company called The Nimbus Factory.
Alexis Hedderson grew up in Ohio City, and received her Bachelors in Education from Ursuline College. Since then, she has worked in various roles for the YMCA, Arts Collinwood, Near West Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, and currently teaches preschool at Laurel school. She strives to make literature accessible to children of all ages, and to instill in them a love of reading.
Strike Force Creative
Chief Creative Officer
Noah Morrison Hrbek was born and raised in Cleveland’s near west side, and graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelors in Fine Art. He is chief creative officer of Strike Force Creative, a local graphic/web design company. He has done many freelance projects including both outdoor and indoor mural paintings, theater prop design/creation and set painting, and videography and editing for a few music based projects.
Lane Baldwin Photography
Lane Baldwin is a Cleveland-based wedding and lifestyle photographer with a passion for telling stories and building relationships. This is the second year in which she’s graciously volunteered to take pictures of Literary Lots on a pro-bono basis. On any given day you’ll find her exploring the city with her husband, cuddling with her black-and-white kitten and dreaming of her next adventure.
Issue Media Group & Fresh Water Cleveland
Lee Chilcote is a poet, journalist and nonfiction writer who works as Editorial Director for Issue Media Group and Development Editor for Fresh Water Cleveland. He’s written about cities and the arts for regional and national publications. His writing has been published in literary magazines such as Paddlefish, Steamticket and Great Lakes Review as well as Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology.
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library: Founded in 1869, CPL has played in integral part in the educational life of Northeast Ohio. With one of the largest and most extensive public library collections in the country – more than 10 million items – CPL is used by researchers and scholars from around the world. CPL operates a two-building Main Library downtown, 28 branches, the Public Administration Library and a bookmobile. Two statewide services are administered by CPL: the Ohio Center for the Book and the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. In 2011, Cleveland Public Library was ranked one of the top four libraries in the country, receiving the highest possible rating of five stars in the Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries.
Art House Inc
Art House is a nonprofit art center located in historic Brooklyn Centre, between the Ohio City and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio. The organization was founded in 1999 by local artists and residents dedicated to the belief that the arts enrich lives and help create better communities. Our mission is to make art accessible to Brooklyn Centre and the Greater Cleveland community by providing instruction, encouragement, and facilities. Our purpose is to provide high quality visual and creative arts classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Our goal is to enrich the lives of those who live in our community, to encourage and strengthen the careers of local artists and to promote learning through the arts.
Ohio City Inc
Ohio City Incorporated endeavors to develop, preserve, and promote our diverse, historic, urban community as a desirable place to live, work, study, play and worship by: Facilitating the creation of vehicles for community problem solving and informed neighborhood input into residential, commercial, and institutional development planning; Developing or assisting the development of quality new and rehabilitated homes for all income levels; Developing or assisting the development of quality retail, office, institutional and industrial properties; Preserving the historic character of the neighborhood. Ohio City Incorporated strives to be a recognized national model for community development corporations that shape and impact their respective neighborhoods by: Stimulating high-impact development projects, rehabilitating distressed assets, and repositioning under-utilized public spaces; Developing earned income revenue streams, proactively measuring programming return on investments and creating financially sustainable funding operations; Maximizing collaborative relationships to realize efficiencies across funding streams and human capital resources; Focusing on a community-inclusive approach to maximize volunteerism and engagement, and developing governance policies that position the organization to thrive generation after generation.
Lake Erie Ink
Lake Erie Ink grew out of the many years that teachers Amy Rosenbluth and Cynthia Larson have been offering creative writing programs for youth in the communities on the east side of Cleveland. LEI offers a variety of writing and poetry clubs to elementary through high school students, as well as helps in facilitating the Heights Teen Poetry Slam. LEI believes in the transformative power of creative expression and hopes to foster a love of writing as well as to help youth find their voice.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has one very important mission: we energize curiosity by passionately educating guests about aquatic life and conservation. We offer engaging and exciting guest experiences in a family-friendly setting; our mission is brought to life with captivating exhibits rich with aquatic biodiversity, with friendly personalities, familiar faces and a nationally recognized historical foundation. For more information on the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, please visit greaterclevelandaquarium.com.