Urban League of Greater Cleveland | Executive Team
The Urban League of Greater Cleveland is dedicated to providing equal opportunities for African-Americans and other minorities to develop and exercise their potential on par with all other Americans through education, research, advocacy and provision of services.
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Executive Team

Dawn Davis, President


Dawn Davis, PH. D, PHR, RCC currently serves as the 2018-2020 President of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland Young Professionals.  Dr. Davis currently serves as the Director, Culture and Learning for The Mercy Health System in Lorain; where she utilizes her exemplary skills in executive development and facilitated intervention to grow the second largest employer in Ohio.  Dr. Davis carries over 16 year’s experience dedicated to consulting senior management, strategizing and implementing human capital initiatives, managing national learning programs, and designing transformational performance management systems impacting Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies such as American Greetings, Target, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc, J.P. Morgan Chase, Key Bank.  In addition, Dr. Davis contributed her diligent efforts locally through developing high-performing leaders with The MetroHealth System.  This served as a key contribution to the organization being awarded the Northcoast 99 award for the last 2 years of her involvement.


Dr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management, and a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology through Capella University.  Dawn currently holds the HRCI PHR certification for Human Resource Professionals, and is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.


In her spare time, Dawn enjoys connecting with the small business community and providing consultative direction in human capital matters.  Dawn is active in various community and professional organizations; being recognized as a 2014 Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 40/40 inductee. Dawn continues to provide guidance through living her motto, “Find a Way or Make One!”

Daryl Whitley, Vice President


Born & raised in the South Bronx of New York City- a city in which less than 25% of African American males even graduate high school, Daryl was not only able to overcome that statistic, but he also became the first person in his family to finish college. After receiving his B.S. in Human Nutrition from the Ohio State University, Daryl went on to attain a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Public Administration Program.  Daryl is the Founder and President of the C.R.A.I.G. Academy (Cultivating Resources Aiding Impoverished Gentlemen), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to indoctrinate young males in lower-income and impoverished neighborhoods with subject matters essential in the development into successful young men.  Professionally, Daryl is a Territory Manager for the largest women’s health company in the world and personally, is a proud husband to wife Lauren and father to toddler Daryl III. Daryl is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Chapter and Prince Hall Freemasons. As VP of ULGCYP, Daryl hopes to make an impact on the community through philanthropic, cultural, and social endeavors.

Brittany Lovett, Treasurer


Brittany Lovett is a native to North East Ohio and has worked in the nonprofit community in Cincinnati as a Family Life Director and Youth Development Coordinator for the last eight years. She received a BA in Marketing from Xavier University with a focus in community outreach. Brittany developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of youth development programs such as Big Brother Big Sister, the YMCA and many local youth programs throughout Ohio for nearly 15 years. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve quality of life for our region; one program at a time.

Jennifer Howard, Secretary


Jennifer currently leads the Teach For America- Greater Cleveland Development & Partnerships Team, a role that she has held since 2014. In addition to her responsibilities as the Head of Development, Jennifer is actively engaged in the community. Jennifer currently serves as a school board member for Citizens Academy Model Schools, part of the Breakthrough Public Charter Schools Network, and volunteers her time with the John Marshall High School Advisory Council and Greater Cleveland United Way Education Impact Team. In 2017, Jennifer was selected as a rising leader for the inaugural Stokes Civic Leadership Institute through the Cleveland Leadership Center. Jennifer’s passion for expanding opportunity was ignited during past roles as a teacher, teacher recruiter, and program coordinator. Jennifer attended The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education. Originally from Chicago, IL, Jennifer has lived in Cleveland since 2013.