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Budish Announces Transition Co-Chairs

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CLEVELAND - County Executive-elect Armond Budish announced his transition leadership team today. Co-Chairs Marc Byrnes, Sharon Sobel Jordan and Jerry Sue Thornton will provide advice and assistance to Budish, as well as offering input to the transition’s Policy Working Groups.

“Each of the Co-Chairs has made extensive contributions to Northeast Ohio, and has expertise in one or more of the policy areas on which the transition team will be focusing,” said Budish. “Their ideas and leadership will be crucial to ensuring that our new administration is ready to hit the ground running when I take office in January.”

Byrnes brings unique business acumen and philanthropic experience to the transition team. Byrnes is the Chairman of Oswald Companies, and has played an active role in numerous civic organizations. Among his many contributions to the community, Byrnes served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Leadership Center and was named the 2011 United Way Volunteer of the Year.

Jordan is the President and CEO of the Centers for Families and Children (the Centers), one of Northeast Ohio’s oldest and largest non-profit human service organizations. Jordan previously served in an eight-year public career with the City of Cleveland as Law Director and special counsel to Mayor Michael R. White.

Thornton served as the first female President of Cuyahoga Community College for 21 years, during which she successfully guided the school through a period of immense growth. Many of the college’s biggest triumphs arose from partnerships Thornton forged with other institutions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University.

Transition Director Keary McCarthy is the President and CEO of Innovation Ohio, a progressive policy think tank. He previously served as the Minority Chief of Staff at the Ohio House of Representatives, where, working for Budish, he managed all operational and administrative duties for the lower chamber’s Democratic members.