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Step Forward helps people find hope, believe in their future and take steps to make it a reality. 

Our mission is to propel educational attainment and economic self-sufficiency for multiple generations throughout Cuyahoga County.  

a message from our board chair and president

As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with gratitude and sentimentality for the progress we have made as an agency. This year has been one of growth, resilience, and learning. Despite the challenges that came our way,we stayed committed to our vision and values, and we emerged stronger than ever.

Step Forward's success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. Their passion, creativity, and dedication to serving others have helped propel us forward, enabling Step Forward to deliver exceptional results and make a positive impact in the community.

We have accomplished so much together, from expanding our reach with a new Neighborhood Opportunity Center in Warrensville Heights, to offering new programs such as the VITA Tax Preparer Certification, and planning and executing the inaugural Men's Elevation Conference in Greater Cleveland. Every step we took this year has brought us closer to our ultimate goal: to build a better future for all.

None of this would be possible without the trust and support of our clients and stakeholders. We are honored to have your continued partnership and we remain committed to delivering value and exceeding your expectations.

As we look ahead, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We remain true to our values of integrity, transparency and social responsibility. We recognize the trust others have placed in us and our team is committed to upholding that trust through an unwavering dedication to serving others. 

Thank you for being a part of our journey. We are excited to continue working together so that we can help others achieve great success in the future. 

Dr. Jacklyn A. Chisholm
President & Chief Executive Officer

LaRese Purnell
Board Chair

Board Officers & Directors

LaRese Purnell


Judge Michael J. Ryan

Vice Chair

Brian Gallagher


Eugenia Cash-Kirkland


Adam Roth

Christopher Kelly

Joyce L. Walker

Michelle Curry

Cassandra Brown-Collier

Deidra Davis

Kira Kammenzind

Qianna Tidmore

Cecil B. Lee

Jerry Primm

Michael Moore

Sherelle L. Tucker

Theresa Carter

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