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Sharon Sobol Jordan

The Centers for Families and Children 
President & CEO 
Cleveland, Ohio
Sharon Sobol Jordan is the President and CEO of the Centers for Families and Children (The Centers), one of Northeast Ohio’s oldest and largest non-profit human service organizations serving more than 20,000 people in our community each year. The Centers offers a wide range of health, education and supportive services to give people access to the opportunities, relationships, resources and networks they need to be successful. Jordan was appointed to this role in September 2006 after serving as The Centers’ Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for over 5 years. Jordan previously served in an eight-year public career with the City of Cleveland as Law Director and special counsel to Mayor Michael R. White, playing a key role in many critical issues including the effort to keep the Cleveland Browns team, name and colors from leaving town; the dispute over development of the Chagrin Highlands; and protecting the community from the adverse impacts of the acquisition of Conrail by Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads. Prior to that, Jordan worked in the private sector as a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Schneider Smeltz Ranney & LaFond. Jordan’s commitment to the community is shown through her volunteer service and activism. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Metrohealth Hospital, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, The City Club of Cleveland Foundation, Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Foundation, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, and PolicyBridge. Jordan also holds leadership roles in many civic initiatives, including the Fund for our Economic Future, Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, CEOs for Cities, and United Way of Greater Cleveland. She is a member of In Counsel with Women and the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003. She was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA in 2012. A Cleveland native, Jordan earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Administration from Indiana University and law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law. She is married to Cleveland attorney, David Wallace, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister. They have three children.