CLEVELAND (Monday, January 14, 2018) – At its meeting on Friday, Jan.11, the Board of Directors of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) elected Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Communications, Government and International Affairs for the City of Cleveland, to Board President for 2019. She served on NOACA’s Board as the alternate for Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson since 2006, and also served as NOACA’s Board president in 2014, when she helped create and implement NOACA’s regional strategic plan.
NOACA, which conducts transportation and environmental planning for Northeast Ohio, elects Board presidents to one-year terms.
“I’m honored to help lead an organization that enhances quality of life, not only in Cleveland neighborhoods, but throughout Northeast Ohio,” said McCall. “NOACA’s mission and its ability to cooperatively develop plans for safe, economical and environmentally sound transportation is even more important today as we continue to position our region for growth.”
“Valarie is a real asset to NOACA,” says Grace Gallucci, NOACA executive director. “She understands regionalism and brings unbounded energy to help us implement projects and plans that can improve the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.”
McCall serves as the Jackson administration’s primary liaison to local and state government, federal agencies and international organizations. She also oversees the administration’s appointments to internal and external boards and commissions, and helps implement the Mayor’s policies to promote regional growth and cooperation. McCall also oversees the City of Cleveland’s communications strategy, media relations and brand identity.
McCall serves as the Jackson administration’s representative to the Ohio Municipal League, Cuyahoga County Mayor’s & Managers Association and the Northeast Ohio Mayors & Managers Association. She is also a member of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Visiting Committee, a former member of the Cleveland State University Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice advisory board and is a current member of the Cleveland State University (CSU) Center for Population Dynamics.
McCall is the Mayor’s primary representative to several national organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities and the National Black Caucus of Local and Elected Officials. She is also past chair of the American Public Transit Association’s Executive Committee (board member emeritus).
In addition to NOACA, McCall serves on the board of several other Cleveland-based organizations, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Destination Cleveland, The Downtown Cleveland Improvement District, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Global Cleveland, and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and was the City lead for the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee. She was also a member of the 2014 Gay Games Cleveland host committee.
In addition to her domestic responsibilities, McCall represents the Jackson administration and the City of Cleveland overseas, including many of Cleveland’s sister cities. She is as a former panel member at the United Nations International Development Organization’s Conference on Urban Agglomerations and a former member of the Rouen Business School International Panel. McCall has traveled to Europe, meeting with leaders in the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Belgium, and Italy. She has also represented Cleveland in China and Japan. She is an American Council of Young Political Leaders Fellow and an American Marshall Fellow.
Prior to her roles in the Jackson administration, McCall served as Cleveland City Council’s youngest City Clerk and Clerk of Council. As its chief administrative officer, she streamlined the legislation process, installed a strong management team and increased the efficiency of office operations. She is also the former director of the Empowerment Zone, overseeing a $200 million budget.
McCall is a recipient of numerous accolades including the prestigious Cleveland State University Alumni Emerging Leadership Award, Ebony Magazine Young Leader of the Future award, Crain's Cleveland Business 40 under 40 award, Kaleidoscope Magazines 40/40 Club, Rotary Club of Cleveland International Service award, Lifetime Achievement award from the Liberia Economic Development Initiative, U.S. Secret Service Appreciation award, Cleveland State University Young Public Administrator of the Year award, Smart Business Magazine Progressive Woman award, the Sales & Marketing Executives Distinguished Marketing and Sales award, and the Conference of Minority Transportation “Women Who Move the Nation” award. She is also a member of the “Best Leadership Cleveland Class Ever” and is the Woman of Color Foundation’s “STAR” Professional Woman of the Year.
McCall is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Martin Luther King Law & Public Services Magnet High School. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in public administration from Cleveland State University. The university awarded her with an honorary doctor of public service degree honoris causa (with all rights, privileges and honors).
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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
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