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Cincinnati's Diversity



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 Officials

Christopher Smitherman Vice Mayor Chris Smitherman
Christopher Smitherman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and reared here, with his five siblings, by their parents: Dr. Herbert and Mrs. Barbara Smitherman.
Eliot Issac Eliot Issac, Police Chief, City of Cincinnati
Hired in 1988, Eliot Isaac is a 26 year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department. His experience spans virtually every aspect of policing including administration, patrol command, internal investigations, and problem-solving and community engagement.
Council Member Chris Seelbach
As Cincinnati’s first openly gay Councilmember, Chris has led efforts on behalf of the LGBT community to make Cincinnati the most LGBT-inclusive city in the country. Honored as White House "Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama, Chris Seelbach is serving his second term on Cincinnati City Council.
Jan-Michelle Kearney Council Member Jan-Michelle Kearney
Jan-Michele was born in Cincinnati and is a proud graduate of Cincinnati Public Schools (Rockdale Elementary and Walnut Hills High School). Her father, Dr. Luther J. Lemon, was a family physician for more than 50 years, and her mother, Elizabeth M. Lemon was a CPS teacher. She is honored to serve the residents of the city she loves.
Wendell Young Council Member Wendell Young
Council Member Wendell Young was appointed to Cincinnati City Council in June of 2010, filling the vacancy left by Councilmember Y. Laketa Cole. A life-long resident of Cincinnati, Wendell grew up in Avondale, where he attended Cincinnati Public Schools, graduating from Hughes High School in 1963.
Alicia Reece Alecia Reece, Commissioner, Hamilton County
The Honorable Alicia Reece, Hamilton County Commissioner, made history as the first woman and African American to win city, state, and county races in Hamilton County. She is an experienced 20 year public servant who has held many roles on behalf of the citizens in the State of Ohio. She has won seven elections at the local and state levels and was the youngest woman to ever win a seat in Cincinnati City Council’s history.
Stephanie Summerow Dumas Stephanie Summerow Dumas, Commission President, Hamilton County
Ms. Summerow Dumas was elected in 2018 to become a Hamilton County Commissioner. This election made her the first African-American Commissioner in the history of Hamilton County. In addition she became the first African-American Woman Commissioner in the history of the State of Ohio. 
Charmaine McGuffey Charmaine McGuffey, Sheriff, Hamilton County
Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey is a 33-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major prior to being elected Sheriff in November 2020. Sheriff McGuffey is the highest ranking woman and first openly gay person in the history of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Cecil Thomas Cecil Thomas, Senator, State of Ohio
Senator Cecil Thomas was elected in November 2014 to serve Ohio’s 9th Senate district, which includes parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Gold Manor, Hollydale, Columbia Township, Silverton and Springfield Township. 
Sedrick Denson Sedrick Denson, Representative, State of Ohio
State Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) is a third generation Cincinnatian who has dedicated his entire career to empowering, leading and serving the citizens of Cincinnati. He currently represents Ohio’s 33rd House District.
Catherine Ingram Catherine D. Ingram, Representative, State of Ohio
As a public servant, university instructor, realtor, neighborhood leader, mom and grandmother, Catherine Ingram knows how much the decisions made in Columbus personally impact all of us.
Catherine Ingram has been a member of the Cincinnati Board of Education for over 20 years, serving as president and vice president in the mid-90’s. Ms. Ingram has served on numerous board committees and, for many years, in a leadership role as Finance Committee chair.
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.

Community Leaders

Alfonso Cornejo Alfonso Cornejo
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.
Eric Kearney Eric Kearney
As President for the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce Eric is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships and alliances for the purpose of strengthening minority businesses and growing the business community as a whole.
Anthony Munoz Anthony Munoz
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.

Advancing Diversity throughout our Region

As home to nine Fortune 500 companies, Cincinnati 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:

A Cincinnati-area Corporation is included among Top 50 Companies for Diversity
Procter & Gamble, headquartered in the Cincinnati region, was named in 2015 for the 11th time in 12 years 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 the 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.

The 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 the 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.