CEOs for Cities
Harris School of Public Policy
University of Chicago
1155 East 60th St., Suite 206B
Chicago, IL 60637

Jeri Chen, Graduate Research Fellow


CEOs for Cities
Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Ave., UR 130
Cleveland, OH 44115

tel +1 216 523 7348

Mark Ebner, Manager of Research and Engagement
Lee Fisher, President and CEO
Katy Fishman, Executive Assistant
Lisa Fuentes, Manager of Finance
Gina Prodan, Creative Director
Emily Speerbrecher, Membership Coordinator

Washington, DC

CEOs for Cities
1900 K Street NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20006

tel +1 202 496 7255

Noël Harmon, National Director of the Talent Dividend & Chief Program Officer


Lee Fisher
President and CEO

Lee is also a Senior Fellow with the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Lee has served as Ohio Lt. Governor, Director of the Ohio Department of Development, Chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, Ohio Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, and President/CEO of the Center for Families and Children, one of the largest human service nonprofits in the Midwest.

During the time Lee led Ohio’s economic development efforts, Site Selection magazine awarded its highest economic development award, the Governor’s Cup, to Ohio three consecutive years and with the Competitiveness Award, recognizing the Ohio Department of Development, under Lee’s leadership, as the most effective economic development agency in the country.

Lee is a graduate of Oberlin College and served on the Oberlin College Board for 12 years. He earned both a law degree and master degree in nonprofit organization from Case Western Reserve University, and received the law school’s first-ever Distinguished Recent Graduate Award.

Dr. Noël Harmon
National Director of the Talent Dividend & Chief Program Officer
(202) 496-7255

Noël currently leads the program and research portfolio at CEOs for Cities and the National Talent Dividend initiative, one of the signature programs of CEOs for Cities, to foster success among network cities to increase the post-secondary attainment among their residents. In that role she directs the National Talent Dividend Prize competition and the National Talent Dividend Network.

Noël previously served as a senior research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) where she worked with minority-serving institutions on initiatives such as the Walmart Minority Student Success Initiative, Lumina Foundation Models of Success, TG and National College Access Network Supporting Best Practices in Student Success, and the IHEP Summer Academy.

Noël brings experience as both a practitioner and researcher to the position. Prior to joining IHEP, she worked in student affairs administration at Hofstra University, and the University of Michigan, and was the director of Learning to Lead, at Western Illinois University. She also worked in Athletic Student Services at the University of Iowa in the retention program for under-prepared student athletes and other initiatives targeted at the success of student athletes of color.

Noël has published research and articles on issues of minority student success in college specifically student athletes of color. Her research has also focused on pedagogical approaches to designing and teaching diversity courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Harmon currently holds adjunct teaching positions at The University of Iowa through the department of distance education, and The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Programs in Washington D.C.

Noël holds a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in student affairs administration and research with a minor in Athletic Administration from the University of Iowa. She holds an M.A. in student affairs administration from Ball State University. Additionally, Noël has participated in higher education study tours to South Africa and Mexico to examine the global impact of higher education.

Mark Ebner
Manager of Research and Engagement
(216) 687-5268

Mark Ebner focuses on researching local, regional, and national urban affairs. Mark realizes that in order to advance our cities we must communicate information and data to civic leaders effectively.

Despite technology being so intertwined with our daily lives, it is extremely underutilized in public affairs. He is working on Change By Us and similar projects to help the public and urban leaders access the copious amount of data that are available. Bill Gates said, “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time." It is now the responsibility of civic leaders to harness that promise.

Prior to joining CEOs for Cities, he worked extensively with individuals and organizations across many sectors. He is pursuing his master’s degree in Urban Planning with concentrations in City Management and Economic Development from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State. He holds a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Social Justice and History from the University of Portland. Mark is especially interested in traveling and the role of tourism in cities.

Gina Prodan Kelly
Creative Director
(216) 687-4704

Pretty dead-set on bringing more attitude to the CEOs for Cities brand, Gina is a city-loving DIY champion and fashion-forward, all-season urban cyclist with equal love for words, cities and modern design.

Her career in all things digital turns 15 soon, and it comes complete with years of integrated marketing, user-experience design, data nerdiness and some serious coding. She studied English and computer science at John Carroll University and picked up a master’s degree in journalism at Kent State. Rich with social savvy, she’s spent the past decade packaging targeted brand-advocacy programs that maximize engagement and purposeful conversation.

And she lives for these conversations! Gina launched the blog Unmiserable Cleveland in 2010 to help urban-dwellers make the most of their city every day and has been building a not-so-small army of brand advocates changing the way we look at our city, ever since. (Haven’t you heard us rumbling in Cleveland?)

Gina came to CEOs for Cities from CLE tech start-up Tackk, where she joined the church of uber-paced creativity and fell in love with the fact that tech, like urban change, can be done anywhere.

Yixian (Jeri) Chen
Graduate Research Fellow

Yixian (Jeri) Chen started working as a graduate research assistant at CEOs for Cities in February 2013. She is also a Mayoral Fellow at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office. She completed her B.B.A in Finance degree with a 4.0 GPA and graduated from University of Texas of Permian Basin with Summa Cum Laude honor in 2011. Before furthering her education at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, she worked in the wealth management industry. Her graduate study focuses on public finance and urban policy. Outside classroom, Jeri enjoys traveling and has been to 12 countries so far.

Senior Consultants

Joe Cortright
Senior Policy Advisor

Lisa Fuentes
Manager of Finance

Stuart Mendel
Senior Fellow

Jim Rooney
Senior Global Advisor

Rebecca Ryan

Senior Fellow