Mayor Holbert CLE Leadership 2020

Woodmere Mayor Accepted into Leadership 2020 Program

Mayor Benjamin Holbert Hopes to Bring Learnings from Cleveland Leadership Center

Cuyahoga County, Ohio (July 2018) – Woodmere Village is proud to share that its Mayor, Benjamin Holbert III, has been accepted into Cleveland Leadership Center’s Class of 2020. 

The Cleveland Leadership Program brings together outstanding senior-level leaders from the nonprofit, corporate, civic, private and public sectors to explore collaborative civic leadership and why it is critical to our region’s success. 

 “I am elated to be selected to the 2020 class of Leadership Cleveland. This is the premiere senior leadership think tank and I am looking forward to contributing and learning more about community, region, and state,” says Holbert. 

“It is a tremendous opportunity to bring forward ideas and share insight on policy impacting our Village and residents,” he continues. 

This prestigious program has a highly competitive selection process and selects around 65 senior-level leaders in their profession who have also demonstrated a level of volunteer leadership in the community. 

The program aims to give members a better understanding of the role of diversity within the community and cultivate relationships with leaders across a wide range of sectors, industries and backgrounds.

Mayor Holbert has a very diverse professional background, with many years of experience as a local TV news anchor. He is also a business owner and has served as Mayor of Woodmere village since January 2018 after serving as Councilman for six years. Mayor Holbert also holds a B.A. in communications from Kent State as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix, where he was also valedictorian. 

He is also active in several community service organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ); Holbert who is a 1977 graduate of Benedictine High School also served on the board of the JD Breast Cancer Foundation and the city of Akron Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).

“Since college, I have desired to be a servant leader. The ability to join community and business leaders in meaningful dialogue to offer insight on our region is exhilarating.”

“I am honored to be a part of this distinguished Leadership Cleveland Class of 2020; I plan to represent my constituents with pride and dignity.”

The ten-month program kicks off this September with a retreat. We wish Mayor Holbert and the rest of the class good luck as they begin this amazing opportunity.  


Woodmere is known as “The Gateway to the Chagrin Valley.” It’s a quaint community nestled along Chagrin Boulevard and sandwiched between affluent neighbors: Beachwood, Pepper Pike and Orange. More than 300 companies, including many upscale restaurants, specialty stores and national retailers operate in the village. Woodmere has a culturally diverse residential population of 884, according to the 2010 US Census Bureau. The thriving business district drives more than 20,000 motorists into the community daily.

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