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Women’s Leadership Initiative Monthly Breakfast Series – October

October 12, 2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Women’s Leadership Initiative Monthly Breakfast Series

Speaker: Deb Janik & Yvette Ittu

Location: Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Rd E #300, Cleveland, OH 44115

When: Friday, October 12 at 8:30am

How to RSVP: Please email Melanie.Kortyka@uli.org to RSVP. Space is very limited and only available for current ULI members.

Join the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) for a new monthly breakfast series featuring a highlighted female guest speaker in an intimate breakfast setting. This breakfast will provide women in the industry an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and gain career insights as they discuss certain topics. The WLI Monthly Breakfast is members only and registration is very limited.

Deb Janik

Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Business Development
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Deb Janik joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership as senior vice president, real estate and business development in 2005. Janik’s duties at GCP include management of all GCP physical and business development programs and as primary liaison for GCPs regional collaboration efforts.

Janik provides GCP staff support for public-private partnership efforts on catalytic large scale developments, infrastructure and public space improvements throughout Greater Cleveland. She serves as an officer to GCP’s Cleveland Development Advisors affiliate, manages GCP’s business attraction, retention and expansion efforts and serve as GCP staff support to the Group Plan Commission.

Janik is also the GCP’s point person for the Greater Cleveland Civic Connection public-private partnership program, the Opportunity Corridor project, Opportunity Corridor Partnership Office and Steering Committee.

Prior to joining GCP, Janik served as vice president of regional development for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. There she was responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to advance community and economic development initiatives in accordance with the Ports mission.

Janik previously served as chief of staff and chief development officer for Mayor Jane L. Campbell at the City of Cleveland. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of all City departments, she was responsible for the planning and financing of all community and economic development activities of the city. Her work in public service began at the City of Cleveland in 1988. In 1995 she was appointed to then Mayor Michael R. White’s executive staff.

Deb has dedicated her entire career to working in Greater Cleveland and currently serves on several community boards and commissions including LAND Studio, Cleveland Development Advisors and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board.

She has nearly 30 years of public, private, and not-for-profit experience. She is a 1987 graduate of Kent State University and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree in finance with a concentration in real estate. She and her family reside in Rocky River.


Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Yvette M. Ittu is the executive vice president of finance and operations of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. In addition, she is president of Cleveland Development Advisors Inc. (CDA), an affiliate of GCP that is responsible for the management of real estate investment funds initiated, and in part capitalized, by certain GCP members.

CDA-managed capital serves as a source of private-sector funding for catalytic real estate development projects that have significant impact on Northeast Ohio’s growth and development. Under Yvette’s leadership, CDA has successfully raised three private equity funds and secured multiple tax credit equity allocations.

These funds support neighborhood development, job creation and retention, as well as business attraction and expansion, through strategic investments in projects throughout the City of Cleveland and targeted areas of Cuyahoga County.

Yvette is also chairperson of the Cleveland International Fund (CiF), a private equity firm that operates as an EB-5 regional center authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. One of CiF’s goals is to be a driving force for economic development throughout Northeast Ohio.

Prior to joining CDA, Yvette was an associate with the law firm of Calfee, Halter and Griswold LLP practicing in the areas of public law and public finance. She served as bond counsel on multiple financings for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the City of Cleveland, and several other Ohio local governments.

In addition, Yvette served as finance director for the City of Lakewood and held several financial management positions for the City of Cleveland including the chief financial officer post for Cleveland Public Power, the city-owned power company. She also was asked to serve on the transition committees for the administration of both Mayor Frank Jackson and Mayor Jane Campbell.

Yvette obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In addition, she is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.

She currently serves on several community and nonprofit boards including Benjamin Rose Institute, Village Capital Corporation, as well as audit and financial advisory committees for several local governments including the City of Cleveland, City of Rocky River and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

She is a native of Cleveland and lives in Rocky River with her husband and two children.

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