COMMON GROUND
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR LASTING CHANGE
ERADICATING POVERTY
MOVING FROM DEPENDENCY TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Reverend Odell Cleveland

Reverend Cleveland is frequently called upon to bring people together on the most pressing current problems facing the community.  He works closely with the Police Department related to the issue of biased based policing.  He not only participates in the Biased-Based Policing Committee, he also addressed this issue while his speaking at the 2016 Police Citizens Award Banquet, and participating in the Police Department Faith Council, which was established to strengthen partnerships between the Police Department and the Faith Community.  He spearheaded other local efforts, such as Boys to Men Program.  Reverend Cleveland focuses on projects that are achieving fundamental community change.

Reverend Cleveland is recognized nationally for his expertise in eradicating poverty and bringing people together.  In July 2016 he served as a panelist for the American Enterprise Institute’s forum on “Empowering Americans in Poverty: A Proposal for Reforming the Safety Net”.  The presentation was nationally broadcast over C-Span.

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CAREGIVING
WHAT WILL YOU DO, WHEN LIVE TAPS YOU ON THE SHOULDER AND WHISPERS, IT'S YOUR TURN NOW.
CREATING COMMON GROUND
CREATING COMMON GROUND
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR LASTING CHANGE
ERADICATING POVERTY – IT’S ABOUT JOBS
ERADICATING POVERTY – IT’S ABOUT JOBS
MOVING FROM DEPENDENCY TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY

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Odell Cleveland Testimonials

  • Rev. Odell Cleveland empowers success. He leads efforts to bring the excitement of entrepreneurial activities to people seeking to be self-sufficient. He collaborates with other organizations; he mentors those seeking guidance, and he sets an example for others to follow. I have witnessed first-hand how Rev Cleveland invests enormous time and energy in aiding community organizations to achieve their goals. His talents and his character provide hope to so many for whom hope would otherwise be in short supply.

    Gregg Walker Sony / Senior VP, Corporate Development
  • Rev. Odell Cleveland empowers success. He leads efforts to bring the excitement of entrepreneurial activities to people seeking to be self-sufficient. He collaborates with other organizations; he mentors those seeking guidance, and he sets an example for others to follow. I have witnessed first-hand how Rev Cleveland invests enormous time and energy in aiding community organizations to achieve their goals. His talents and his character provide hope to so many for whom hope would otherwise be in short supply.

    Gregg Walker Sony / Senior VP, Corporate Development
  • Odell has the vision of an astronomer and skills to help organizations make workable flight plans to reach, at times, unimaginable destinations. His core ability to help people see the common interests in seemingly different missions, and bring together seemingly unlikely collaborators, is simply jaw dropping. While a strong man of color, Odell is colorblind,  not in  just the way he touches the colorless parts of all our souls, but in getting unlikely collaborators focused on something bigger than themselves.

    Corinna Miller UnitedHealthcare Community & State / Manager, Community Relations
  • Odell has the vision of an astronomer and skills to help organizations make workable flight plans to reach, at times, unimaginable destinations. His core ability to help people see the common interests in seemingly different missions, and bring together seemingly unlikely collaborators, is simply jaw dropping. While a strong man of color, Odell is colorblind,  not in  just the way he touches the colorless parts of all our souls, but in getting unlikely collaborators focused on something bigger than themselves.

    Bob Wineberg UNC Greensboro / Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor
  • Odell Cleveland is an amazing individual with a unique skill set. As a member of the U.S. Congress, he was my choice to lead a nonpartisan committee that targets our region’s deficiencies in healthcare and education. Rev. Cleveland is the rare person who can reach beyond the political landscape to bring communities together for the purpose or resolving issues. Odell Cleveland is such a leader and because of his work, he is respected by people from all walks of life.

    Congressman Mark Walker NC 6th Congressional District
  • I met Reverend Odell Cleveland nearly 10 years ago…He not only sees what needs to be done but also what can be done to help lift people and communities out of poverty and despair.  His organizational and managerial skills and tenacity help bring people and resources together to set up systems and create infrastructures that make a difference.

    Carol J. De Vita, Ph.D. Urban Institute / Senior Fellow, Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
  • Odell Cleveland has been an outstanding community partner and has exercised valuable leadership in addressing behavioral health issues.  His work to organize the first behavioral health summit was instrumental in bringing segments of the Greensboro community together to address these critically important issues.  Greensboro is fortunate to have such a talented and committed community leader.

    Dana Dunn UNC Greensboro / Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
  • It has been my pleasure to have worked with Reverend Cleveland to develop strategies to integrate community health organizations generally, and the faith community specifically, into the full continuum of health care delivery. Reverend Cleveland’s nationally recognized advances in this field have been invaluable.

    Bo Bobbitt Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan L.L.P., Raleigh, NC. / Partner
  • On behalf of NCCJ's board and staff, I want to extend our great thanks to you and Bev for chairing our Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner. In addition to being the fundraiser that we rely on for more than two-thirds of our annual operating revenue each year, the dinner is NCCJ's most high-profile community program and the largest fundraising event supporting diversity and inclusion in the Triad. Simply put, you and Bev saved the day in an hour of great need for NCCJ. As the date of the dinner was getting critically close, the two of you not only stepped up to chair the dinner at that late house, you also did a fantastic job - including setting a new fundraising record.

    Ivan Canada NCCJ / Executive Director
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