Census Bureau estimates peg Cincinnati's multicultural population at nearly 50% of the total. African Americans make up the majority of the city's diverse population, and a study released in June, 2007 by the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA found that the area's Hispanic population grew by 38% between 2000 and 2005, ten times faster than the broader Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tri-State region.
Government / Community Leaders
Cincinnati's diversity is reflected among the city's decision-makers with African Americans Mark Mallory and Milton Dohoney holding the two top posts within city government, Mayor and City Manager, respectively.
||Mark Mallory, Cincinnati Mayor
Mark Mallory was sworn in as the 68th Mayor of the City of Cincinnati on December 1, 2005. Mayor Mallory's election marks the first time in more than 70 years that Cincinnati has elected a Mayor who was not previously a member of City Council.
||Milton Dohoney, Jr., Cincinnati City Manager
Milton Dohoney, Jr. was appointed City Manager of the City of Cincinnati by Mayor Mark Mallory and assumed his duties in August 2006 as the Chief Executive Officer for the city government, overseeing a staff of more than 5,000 employees and a combined budget of $1 billion.
||Dr. Lakshmi K. Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner
A native Cincinnatian, Dr. Sammarco is the Hamilton County Coroner and a board certified neuroradiologist who is in clinical practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. She founded and runs NeuroRadPro LLC. Dr. Sammarco’s company provides specialized consulting services in neuroradiology and general radiology for large and small cities across the United States. Dr. Sammarco is currently licensed in nine states.
The first African American manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Mr. Baker is also a former All-Star professional baseball player and former manager of the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. In 2002, he led the San Francisco Giants to the World Series.
President and a founding member of the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA. Mr. Cornejo is also an independent Human Resources consultant who works with regional companies in their Hispanic workforce development efforts.
||Judge Nathaniel Jones
Currently Senior Counsel with a downtown law firm, Judge Jones is a retired Federal Judge, former general counsel of the NAACP. In 1993, Judge Jones served on the team of observers for the first democratic elections in South Africa.
Head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2003, Mr. Lewis is in the vanguard of a group of African American coaches leading NFL teams. He joined the Bengals from the Washington Redskins where he served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Now retired from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent his entire 13-year career, Mr. Munoz is a member of pro football's Hall-of-Fame, and now runs the Anthony Munoz Foundation, which helps Cincinnati-area youth.
A local business owner, Mr. Robertson is also a retired player for Cincinnati's former NBA team, the Cincinnati Royals. Regarded as one of the best NBA players of all time, Mr. Robertson was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in 1980.
Advancing Diversity throughout our Region
As home to ten Fortune 500 companies, Cincinnati USA regularly welcomes diverse new residents recruited to the area by these global corporations. Additionally, because these same companies are committed to having a supply base that resembles their increasingly diverse customer base, our region has distinguished itself nationally as the site of corporate leaders in the area of minority business development and community commitment.
Cincinnati-area corporations and non-profit organizations are making several newsworthy strides to ensure Cincinnati remains a welcoming and diverse region:
Three Cincinnati-area Corporations included among Top 50 Companies for Diversity
Procter & Gamble, Macy's and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, all of which are headquartered in the Cincinnati USA region, were named in 2008 to the DiversityInc list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity, an achievement determined by a company's performance in diversity recruitment, advancement and minority-business development.
Procter & Gamble largest corporate donor to Freedom Center
P&G is the largest corporate donor and a founding sponsor of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (www.nurfc.org), a one-of-a-kind museum built on the banks of the Ohio River to inspire today's civil rights movement and promotes understanding through its exhibits, programs, research and interactive experiences.
Macy's Executive Helps Organize Conference to increase Diversity in Legal Profession
The General Counsel of Macy's Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, recently helped organize a meeting of 100 general counsels from Fortune 500 corporations and managing partners from the nation's 150 largest law firms to discuss ways to make the legal profession more diverse. Macy's is also active in the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program, a coalition working to provide equal opportunity for minority lawyers.
Toyota strengthens its Diversity Advisory Board
In 2007 Toyota, whose North American manufacturing operations are headquartered in Cincinnati USA, added three nationally recognized diversity experts to its North American Diversity Advisory Board. As members of Toyota's advisory board, Phyllis Campbell, president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation; Gilbert Casellas, vice president, corporate responsibility for Dell Inc.; and James Lowry, senior adviser for the Boston Consulting Group will provide outside perspective and guidance to Toyota and help advance inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
The 2008 Greater Cincinnati Human Relations Indicator Survey measures progress
Conducted by Bridges for a Just Community (www.bridgescincinnati.org), Cincinnati's leading human relations organization, and supported by local corporations and non-profit funders, this study is helping corporate recruiters and local residents understand how we can continue to make Cincinnati an attractive and inviting place for all groups.
Convention & Visitors Bureau partners with African American Chamber of Commerce
In 2008 these two organizations entered into an agreement to connect members of the African American Chamber of Commerce with conventions booked into the Duke Energy Center. This common sense arrangement expands the range of services available to incoming conventions while increasing opportunities for our community's African American-owned businesses.