Joseph D. Roman (Joe) is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), one of the nation's largest metropolitan chambers of commerce with more than 14,000 members. GCP is governed by a Board of Directors of more than 70 CEOs who lead small, mid-sized and large companies in Northeast Ohio, as well as the region’s major health care, educational, and venture capital organizations.
Roman is committed to making an impact to improve the economic vitality of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The GCP’s current areas of focus include preserving the Hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport; helping to reform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and public education in the city; and continuing to support the development of Cleveland’s downtown business district, lakefront and other major projects throughout the region.
As a lobbyist for most of his career, Roman also guides GCP's advocacy efforts to strengthen the Greater Cleveland business community’s relationships with elected city, county, state and federal officials to help stimulate economic development and create a more competitive environment for business investment.
Roman previously served as executive director of Cleveland Tomorrow, an organization that was committed to pursuing projects and initiatives that were fundamental to the long-term economic vitality of the region. He joined the organization in 1985 and became its executive director in 1993. During his tenure, Cleveland Tomorrow was recognized by Harvard Business School as one of the most innovative and successful regional business organizations in the country and was a leading player in rebuilding Cleveland's downtown.
In 2004, Cleveland Tomorrow merged with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable to form GCP. Roman was named as the CEO of the new organization, where he oversees a staff of over 100 economic development professionals who work for GCP and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), the region’s largest support organization for small businesses.
Earlier in his career, Roman worked on Capitol Hill as both a congressional staff person and as a lobbyist for manufacturing trade associations. He has a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.
His board memberships include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Neighborhood Progress, Inc. and Cleveland Development Advisors.