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GCP names new senior director for government advocacy

Alesha Washington has been named senior director of government advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. She will focus predominantly on state and local government relations activities on behalf of the GCP and its members.

Prior to joining GCP, Washington was senior director of advocacy, policy and research for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a leading community development intermediary responsible for investing in vibrant neighborhoods throughout the City of Cleveland.

She also was director of executive administration and government for The Centers for Families and Children, one of the oldest and largest social service for organizations in Northeast Ohio that serves more than 20,000 Cuyahoga County residents.

In these roles, she was responsible for developing and implementing the organizations’ public policy objectives at all levels of government. She also previously was a fellow of The George Gund Foundation and a development associate with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Washington’s civic involvement includes serving as a member of the Program Strategy Committee for the Saint Luke’s Foundation and the Policy Committee for Towards Employment, a nonprofit workforce development organization.

She received an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s of Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University.