About Our Leadership
Baiju R. Shah
President and Chief Executive Officer
Baiju R. Shah is the President & CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership, the region’s leading economic development organization and with over 12,000 members, the largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation. Guided by a board of corporate and entrepreneurial CEOs, the organization focuses on accelerating growth and prosperity through strategic initiatives, business services, real estate, and advocacy.
Prior to GCP, Shah served as the Senior Fellow for Innovation at The Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community foundation with assets of $2.8 billion. His work centered on catalyzing growth initiatives for the region including leading the Cleveland Innovation Project. Shah remains a member of the Impact Investing Board Committee which directs a $150 million portfolio allocation of the foundation.
Previously, Shah was the CEO of BioMotiv and co-leader of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, a national drug development initiative. During his tenure, the company established strategic partnerships with Takeda, Biogen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that, he was CEO and co-founder of BioEnterprise, an accelerator and industry growth initiative formed with Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Shah is a Director of Athersys (NASDAQ: ATHX) and is also a Senior Advisor to FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute. He also serves as a Trustee of Destination Cleveland, Global Cleveland, TeamNEO, and Ohio Excels. Previously, Shah served as a Director of Invacare (NYSE: IVC) and an Advisory Board member of Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG). He began his business career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Shah has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and recognized as one of Cleveland’s most influential leaders. He received a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Yale University.
Executive Vice President,
Finance and Operations
Cleveland Development Advisors
Yvette M. Ittu is the executive vice president of finance and operations of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. In addition, she is president of Cleveland Development Advisors Inc. (CDA), an affiliate of GCP that is responsible for the management of real estate investment funds initiated, and in part capitalized, by certain GCP members.
CDA-managed capital serves as a source of private-sector funding for catalytic real estate development projects that have significant impact on Northeast Ohio’s growth and development. Under Yvette’s leadership, CDA has successfully raised three private equity funds and secured multiple tax credit equity allocations.
These funds support neighborhood development, job creation and retention, as well as business attraction and expansion, through strategic investments in projects throughout the City of Cleveland and targeted areas of Cuyahoga County.
Yvette is also chairperson of the Cleveland International Fund (CiF), a private equity firm that operates as an EB-5 regional center authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. One of CiF’s goals is to be a driving force for economic development throughout Northeast Ohio.
Prior to joining CDA, Yvette was an associate with the law firm of Calfee, Halter and Griswold LLP practicing in the areas of public law and public finance. She served as bond counsel on multiple financings for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the City of Cleveland, and several other Ohio local governments.
In addition, Yvette served as finance director for the City of Lakewood and held several financial management positions for the City of Cleveland including the chief financial officer post for Cleveland Public Power, the city-owned power company. She also was asked to serve on the transition committees for the administration of both Mayor Frank Jackson and Mayor Jane Campbell.
Yvette obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In addition, she is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.
She currently serves on several community and nonprofit boards including Benjamin Rose Institute, Village Capital Corporation, as well as audit and financial advisory committees for several local governments including the City of Cleveland, City of Rocky River and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
She is a native of Cleveland and lives in Rocky River with her husband and two children.
Senior Vice President,
Equity & Inclusion
Brian Hall officially joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior leadership team in January 2014 but has an extensive history with the organization including serving as the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s interim executive director since June 2012.
Brian is also an entrepreneur and has 30 years’ experience leading companies in logistics, distribution, real estate and food service. He has been an active member of the civic community serving two terms on the GCP Board, as co-chair of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, and on the boards of the GCP’s three predecessor organizations, Cleveland Tomorrow, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable.
In addition to growing his businesses to the Black Enterprise Top 100 listing several times, Brian is one of the founders of the Presidents’ Council LLC and the Presidents’ Council Foundation. The council has been instrumental in enhancing relationship between major and minority corporate CEOs in Northeast Ohio. The foundation trains both entrepreneurs and students toward greater success and leadership in the African American community and beyond.
Brian graduated with a degree in business management from the University of Cincinnati and earned an Executive MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University.
He is a board member of University Hospitals Health System, University of Cincinnati Foundation, The Presidents’ Council Business Chamber and The Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
He is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization-Gold (YPO Gold) where he chairs the Black Presidents’ Network, an international group of WPO and YPO members.
Senior Vice President,
Business Growth and Development
Deb Janik joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership as senior vice president, real estate and business development in 2005. Janik’s duties at GCP include management of all GCP physical and business development programs and as primary liaison for GCPs regional collaboration efforts.
Janik provides GCP staff support for public-private partnership efforts on catalytic large scale developments, infrastructure and public space improvements throughout Greater Cleveland. She serves as an officer to GCP’s Cleveland Development Advisors affiliate, manages GCP’s business attraction, retention and expansion efforts and serve as GCP staff support to the Group Plan Commission.
Janik is also the GCP’s point person for the Greater Cleveland Civic Connection public-private partnership program, the Opportunity Corridor project, Opportunity Corridor Partnership Office and Steering Committee.
Prior to joining GCP, Janik served as vice president of regional development for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. There she was responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to advance community and economic development initiatives in accordance with the Ports mission.
Janik previously served as chief of staff and chief development officer for Mayor Jane L. Campbell at the City of Cleveland. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of all City departments, she was responsible for the planning and financing of all community and economic development activities of the city. Her work in public service began at the City of Cleveland in 1988. In 1995 she was appointed to then Mayor Michael R. White’s executive staff.
Deb has dedicated her entire career to working in Greater Cleveland and currently serves on several community boards and commissions including LAND Studio, Cleveland Development Advisors and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board.
She has nearly 30 years of public, private, and not-for-profit experience. She is a 1987 graduate of Kent State University and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree in finance with a concentration in real estate. She and her family reside in Rocky River.
Senior Vice President,
Membership Development and Marketing
Council of Smaller Enterprises
Megan Kim serves as senior vice president, membership development and marketing, for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and as the Executive Director of The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).
Megan joined the GCP in 2005 and, over the years, has held various roles within the organization in product management, events management, educational programming, marketing and communications.
In her SVP role, she manages overall operations and strategic planning in the areas of membership development and retention, marketing and communications, advertising and sponsorship, and events and program management. In this capacity, Megan works to ensure the organization brings benefit and value to the GCP’s diverse membership ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to middle-market companies and the largest corporations in Northeast Ohio. Megan also leads the organization’s small business program COSE working to help small businesses across Northeast Ohio access the resources and support they need to grow and thrive.
Prior to joining the GCP, Megan worked in the development department at University Hospitals where she coordinated sponsor and donor relations for the Children’s Miracle Network. In this capacity, she worked with corporate sponsors such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Dairy Queen and Rite Aid, assisting each company in attaining their sponsorship and donation goals through event support and education.
Additionally, she helped plan hospital and network related events including the annual golf outing and the three-day Rainbow Radio-thon.
Megan graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with a focus in public relations and specializations in sociology and marketing.
She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Cleveland, a 2011 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and the SOAR Women’s Leadership Program and was recognized as a Crain’s 20 in Their 20s recipient.
and Senior Vice President, Talent
Shana Marbury, Esq. is general counsel and senior vice president, Talent for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). Shana oversees legal affairs for the GCP and several of its affiliated entities. She also is responsible for GCP’s efforts and initiatives related to its organizational strategic priority Talent.
Prior to her employment at the GCP, Shana worked as a consultant in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She assisted in developing diversity training materials focused on interpersonal relationships among people of a variety of backgrounds, worldviews, customs and values in the 21st century workplace. Shana co-facilitated training where participants were introduced to core diversity concepts and developed competency in their application.
Before consulting, Shana worked as a labor, employment and school law attorney in the Cleveland office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs). She counseled private- and public-sector employers, including public school districts and private schools, on staff, administrative and faculty labor and employment issues, concerns regarding state and federal civil rights laws and educational statutes, investigations, student discipline and other student-related issues.
Shana is currently the chair of the Fenn Educational Fund Advisory Committee and Secretary of the Friends of Max S Hayes High School. She is also a board member of the City Club of Cleveland, the Centers for Families and Children, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, and the Community Growth Educational Foundation.
Shana serves as a member of the Cleveland Municipal School District Nominating Panel. She is an Education and Attainment Division Fellow for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and has also completed a fellowship on regional and sustainable development through ACCE and the Ford Foundation.
Shana also is a member of Kaleidoscope magazine’s “40/40 Club” Class of 2008, honoring distinguished African-American professionals age 40 or younger in the Cleveland area.
Shana received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and completed her undergraduate work at Tufts University, where she double-majored in sociology and political science.
Executive Vice President,
Advocacy and Strategy
Marty McGann is executive vice president of advocacy and strategy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). In this role, he is responsible for developing and advancing GCP’s Public Policy Agenda at the federal, state and local levels of government. In addition, Marty drives execution of GCP’s three-year strategic plan – particularly in the areas of worker mobility, innovation and tax/competitiveness.
Marty joined GCP as vice president of state and local government advocacy in 2011. In that capacity, he served as the point person on many GCP priorities including the Cleveland education reform legislative effort to ensure implementation of the Cleveland Plan impacting the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Marty also successfully advocated for the extension of the Cuyahoga County sin tax, secured key investments through the state capital bill, and the legislation that enabled the funding of Opportunity Corridor. Since 2014, Marty has led GCP’s advocacy efforts on behalf of businesses of all sizes.
Prior to joining GCP, Marty was a director of government relations for Cleveland Clinic. During his seven years at the Clinic, he advocated on key healthcare policy issues and secured tens of millions of dollars in federal and state funding for research and capital priorities. He previously served in a leadership position at Cuyahoga County and was a campaign consultant on several federal, state and local campaigns.
Marty obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.
His civic engagements include the Urban League of Greater Cleveland (Board Member), the Cleveland Water Alliance (Board Member), Fund for our Economic Future (Funders Committee & Mobility Advisory Committee) and Downtown Cleveland Alliance (Advocacy Committee Member).
Managing Vice President,
Finance Operations & Air Service
COSE Health & Wellness Trust Administrator
John Luteran is managing vice president of finance operations and air service for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). John oversees the finance and accounting functions for GCP and its subsidiaries, treasury, risk management, technology, and facilities. He provides staff support for GCP’s initiative to ensure competitive air service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. John is also plan administrator for GCP’s multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA), the COSE Health and Wellness Trust. He also serves as the treasurer for Group Services, Inc.
John has been with the GCP and the predecessor Greater Cleveland Growth Association since 1996. Prior to that, he served as finance director for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and was instrumental in the organization gaining national recognition for its budgeting. John also served in financial management roles for Cuyahoga County and the City of Columbus, and in the internal audit department of the City of Cleveland.
John earned his Master of Public Administration degree with a Finance Specialization from the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
He is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland and a long-time board member and past president of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI). John also served as an area director for the national FEI and as a member of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission.
John was born in Cleveland and resides with his wife and family in Seven Hills.