November 5, 2015
As Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, John Litten leads the local human service and welfare organization’s efforts to provide emergency assistance to Northeast Ohio’s poor. This assistance includes offering food at its multiple food pantries, winter blankets to the homeless, back-to-school supplies to needy children, and financial help with rent and utility bills.
Since joining SVDP in 2012, Litten has significantly expanded its efforts to help the region’s needy. Last year, the organization assisted more than 260,000 low-income individuals with nearly $5 million worth of service provided by its 1,000 volunteer members.
Under his leadership and vision, SVDP has expanded its efforts to raise money for the poor via annual fundraising events, which include a family-friendly walk and Gala celebration.
He spearheaded the Society’s acquisition of the region’s second-largest food pantry in 2013 after it was threatened with closure. Located in Cleveland’s impoverished Central neighborhood, the Woodland Food Pantry now continues to serve approximately 1,000 households monthly.
Litten serves on the Cuyahoga County Next Generation Council, Lakewood Hospital Board of Directors and Lakewood Citizens Advisory Committee. His hobbies include youth athletic coaching and painting.
He holds a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. Litten resides in Lakewood with his wife, Carrie, and three children.