India Pierce Lee

India Pierce Lee is the Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing, and Community Development at the Cleveland Foundation. India has more than 23 years of experience in housing, community and economic development. She helps lead the foundation’s Greater University Circle Initiative, a unique multi-institutional partnership engaged in catalytic projects to revitalize neighborhoods that include transportation, community wealth building, employer-assisted housing, and community engagement. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, India served as Senior Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI), where she led several joint initiatives, including the Cleveland Neighborhood Partnership Program. She was also Senior Program Director with the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Director of The Empowerment Zone with the City of Cleveland’s department of Economic Development, and Executive Director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. Prior to that, she worked as an air traffic control specialist. In 2009, India completed the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She spent 10 months on the Harvard campus studying best practices in neighborhood revitalization, with a special interest in sustainability. India has been recognized for outstanding service to Cleveland throughout her career, including receiving a key to the City of Cleveland from former Mayor Michael White. She received the 2011 John Logue Employee Ownership Excellence Award and was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Women of Note”. India has also been named as one of the 500 Most Influential Women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live magazine and is both an alumnus of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2002 and a Louis Stokes Fellow from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. India earned a Bachelors of Science in Management from Cleveland’s Dyke College and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.