The largest density of Latino residents in the state of Ohio lives in the neighborhoods bordering Tremont and Clark-Fulton.

Jenice Contreras is on a mission to build an official Hispanic American heritage district on the near west side of Cleveland. The district between Clark Fulton and Tremont is already home to a mass of people of hispanic decent, mostly due to gentrification and displacement from development success in adjacent areas of the near west side. Now, as the W.25th st. corridor is prepared for another round of development, Jenice is planting a flag for the neighborhood’s unique regional identity with the most valuable asset of the neighborhood, the people who call it home. Learn more about the exciting journey of Cleveland’s own “La Villa Hispana.”

About the speaker

Jenice has established her career as a leader in the small business development, nonprofit and healthcare industries, directing new initiatives and coordinating organizational efforts to execute key business strategies. Complementing her ingenuity with written and verbal communication as well as thorough research and business management, Ms. Contreras has found success in many realms. In her current role as Executive Director of the Hispanic Business Center, Jenice is responsible for establishing and/or strengthening relationships through multiple business development agencies by establishing strategic partnerships and ensuring high-quality programs necessary to carry out the mission of the organization. Prior to this new role, Jenice served on the Board of Directors since 2006. Formerly, Jenice worked as a Public Health Consultant with Collaborative Research, LLC who is dedicated to supporting local municipalities across 13 states with the administration of Federal grants through the Health and Resources Services Administration (HRSA). In this capacity, Jenice was responsible for the facilitation of program planning councils as well as the development and implementation of quality improvement programs. Prior to her time with Collaborative, Jenice was Director of Development and HIV Services for Care Alliance Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center focused on addressing the healthcare needs of individuals experiencing homelessness or living in public housing. Stemming from her dynamic involvement with community programs and success in pursuing funding, Ms. Contreras is dedicated to her personal initiatives and remains a strong leader in the community. Ms. Contreras is bilingual and bicultural and is extensively involved in minority leadership efforts in her community. Jenice earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Capital University an Executive Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. She is appointed by Mayor Frank Jackson to serve on the City of Cleveland, Community Relations Board.

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