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Thomas Gill “Urban Community School at 50 – Responding to Children in 2017 and Beyond”

The First Friday club is pleased to announce our speaker for the November 2, 2017 luncheon is Tom Gill.

Tom Gill is the President of Urban Community School in Cleveland, Ohio. Gill has served UCS since 2010, initially as the Development Director, then Chief Operating and Development Officer, and as Associate Director from 2015- July 2017. He recently guided the school’s “Better Starts Here” $20-million capital campaign and attendant construction project that led to the opening of The Thomas Jeckering Middle School in 2014, increasing the school’s capacity to serve an additional 150 children. Gill has also spearheaded key collaborations with Urban Squash Cleveland, U.S. Lacrosse, The Foundry, Facing History and Ourselves, and The Refugee Response.

Previously, Gill was a Cleveland Executive Fellow at the Cleveland Leadership Center where he went through four rotations including: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, The Cleveland Indians; Cuyahoga County Land Bank; and St. Martin de Porres High School. He also served as a Community Coordinator for the Casa de la Solidaridad at the Jesuit University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador from 2005-2007.

In addition to his work at the school, Gill also chaired the Board of Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally qualified health center and currently chairs the Board of Refugee Response. He also serves on the Partnerships and Services Advisory Board Committee for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Gill grew up in Bay Village, attended St. Raphael Parish and School and graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in 2001. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and BA from Saint Louis University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a triple major in Theological Studies, Spanish, and International Studies.

Gill currently resides in Ohio City with his wife Erika McLaughlin and their young son, Andrew.