Inclusion and diversity veteran to lead The Port’s economic equity efforts

Cincinnati, OH, October 14, 2020 – The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) announced today the appointment of Jilson Daniels to the newly-created position of Vice President of Economic Equity. Mr. Daniels will be responsible for developing and implementing The Port’s economic inclusion programs, policies, and strategies. Daniels will also shape and sustain an inclusive and equitable culture as a member of The Port’s leadership team.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jilson and his vast experience in equitable and inclusive development strategies,” said Laura N. Brunner, President and CEO of The Port. “His strong background and expertise in economic inclusion and supplier diversity will be critical to increase the number of minority-owned construction and real estate development firms working on redevelopment projects,” Brunner continued.

Mr. Daniels also has experience as a business coach at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. In this capacity, he worked with multiple minority-owned, women-owned, and other small business enterprises in the Cincinnati region on growth and capacity related strategies and tactics. This included assisting businesses registered with the Urban League to obtain COVID-19 relief funding from the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Daniels will continue in his role as lead facilitator for one of the Urban League’s signature training platforms, the African American Business Development (AABDP) program.

“I know economic equity and inclusion have long been a part of the The Port’s fabric,” Daniels said. “I am excited to begin building on that history, demonstrating our commitment to continued change and truly making real estate work for all,” he continued.

Mr. Daniels is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville, with a major in accounting.

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