Director of Community Relations Board

Blaine A. Griffin joined the Jackson Administration in March 2006 as Executive Director of the Community Relations Board. He leads a staff and an appointed board in improving cross-cultural relationships throughout the City of Cleveland. He heads efforts to improve inter-group relations and to correct actions that violate the civil rights of individuals. The Community Relations Board also oversees police/community relations and youth initiatives in the City.

Prior to working for the City, Griffin worked with the Cuyahoga Department of Justice Affairs. As a Program Officer, he managed community re-entry efforts and initiatives to help transition serious violent offenders from correctional facilities back into the community and provide the necessary support services for them.

Griffin also served as a Program Director for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. He was responsible for the fiscal and operational oversight of the largest network of emergency food distribution sites in Cuyahoga County with a budget of more than $2.7 million. He managed seven staff members and more than 800 volunteers throughout Cuyahoga County to service 160 emergency food distribution centers.

Having a heart for his local community, Griffin began his community-based service work with the Harvard Community Services Center. He first worked as a coordinator of the Youth Rites of Passage program to help teens transition from childhood to adulthood. He then transitioned to a role of Neighborhood Consortia Builder to establish a coalition of community residents, activists, and businesses to fight infant mortality and morbidity as part of the Healthy Family/Healthy Start project.

From there Griffin moved on to the East End Neighborhood House as a Community Organizer. He later became a Program Manager and was responsible for all program development, advocacy, and daily operations for the EENH Senior and Family Center.

Griffin is affiliated with a number of community and professional organizations. He serves as President of the Buckeye/Shaker & Woodland Hills Neighborhood assembly and as a board member for Policy Matters Ohio, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, and the U.S. Marshall’s Posse in Northern District of Ohio. He is a member of the Visionary Committee for Blacks United In Local Democracy (BUILD), and he is also active in his church and in the parents’ association for his children’s elementary school.

Griffin has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Malone College in Canton, Ohio.