Cleveland Metroparks today announced that the presiding Judge of the Probate Court of Cuyahoga County Anthony J. Russo has selected Yvette M. Ittu to serve on Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners. Ittu will be sworn in at Cleveland Metroparks’ Board Meeting on Thursday, September 21.
Ittu currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) as well as the President and CEO of Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA). Collectively, she has nearly 40 years of experience in financial management, business planning and government across Northeast Ohio.
“Yvette is keenly aware of the importance of the Metroparks to all of our residents and the positive economic impact it has on our entire community, and she is deeply committed to expanding and improving access to our park system for every resident in the community,” said Cuyahoga County Probate Court Judge Anthony J. Russo
. “I am confident her knowledge and experience will prove to be extremely valuable as a member of the Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners.”
In addition to her roles on GCP and CDA, Ittu serves as a board member of Downtown Cleveland Alliance as well as DigitalC, a non-profit focused on making Greater Cleveland’s digital future equitable. She obtained her doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the service of Yvette as our 37th Board of Park Commissioner,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. “Yvette is a passionate leader with a longstanding commitment to driving our region forward and she’ll be a tremendous asset as we enter our second century of stewardship.”
Cleveland Metroparks is a separate political subdivision of the state of Ohio. The Park District is governed by Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners, composed of three citizens who serve three-year terms without compensation. Board members are appointed by the presiding Judge of the Probate Court of Cuyahoga County. Ittu will join as Vice President of the Board of Park Commissioners alongside current commissioners Vice President Dan T. Moore and President Bruce G. Rinker.
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