The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood
An education-based approach to address disparities in housing, health and social needs
August 30, 2017 | 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.



Who should attend:
Health care and public health professionals, government, housing and community organizations



The Central Neighborhood in Cleveland is characterized by deep, multi-generational poverty, with 82% of children living in extreme poverty. Families living within Central Promise Neighborhood face social, educational and health challenges, as well as food insecurity and high rates of crimes. The initiative, modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, is a place-based, community-building approach aimed at transforming educational and developmental outcomes of the neighborhood’s children. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead convener of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, which began in 2009.
Lowell Perry, Jr.,
Director, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood
Lowell Perry, Jr. was named director of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood in 2015 by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, which established the program. A long-time children's advocate, Perry previously held the position of chief diversity officer and senior vice president of corporate and community engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's national headquarters. There, he developed strategic national corporate and community relationships, with a special focus on diverse communities.

Prior to joining the national office, Perry was an award-winning CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Middle Tennessee. He has led management and marketing for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and provided front-office communications and community leadership for the Seattle Seahawks. A native of Detroit, Perry is a graduate of Yale University, with further education from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.