Mayor Frank G. Jackson: A Biographical Profile

Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland

Cleveland’s 56th Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, took office January 2, 2006. He has since been
re-elected twice - in 2009 and 2013. As Mayor, Jackson is focused on ensuring that the city
offers an excellent quality of life for every resident, business and visitor and is addressing
every aspect of City operations and policy to guarantee that he reaches that goal, including:

City Finances and Operations

  • Managing a citywide operating budget of $1.2 billion, using five year budget projections and strict fiscal controls to reduce costs while maintaining service levels
  • Developing a performance management program, a management training academy and
    a mentoring program for City employees to improve performance and accountability

Quality of Life

  • Creating Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, a plan that will lead to systemic
    change in Cleveland’s schools and dramatic improvement in educational outcomes
  • Bringing together Ohio colleges, universities, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    and stakeholders to form the Higher Education Compact to help students succeed in
  • Improving the health of Clevelanders through the Healthy Cleveland Initiative, in
    partnership with Cleveland City Council and the four major local hospital systems

Public Safety

  • Building partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and
    community organizations to address the causes and impacts of gun and youth violence
  • Using crime data analysis to target crime hot spots and drive down violent crime rates
    in nearly all major categories since 2006
  • Integrating the Divisions of Fire and Emergency Medical Service to enhance emergency response, increase accountability and maximize existing resources


  • Investing more than $265 million in Cleveland’s neighborhoods since 2007, on
    streetscapes, recreation facilities, and other capital improvements and working with the
    public sector to encourage more than $7 billion in private development in Cleveland
  • Collaborating with business leaders and labor unions to implement Community Benefits
    Agreements for private development projects, creating opportunities for Cleveland
    residents and businesses to benefit directly from investment occurring in the City
  • Transforming the economy through Sustainable Cleveland 2019, a 10-year initiative to
    build a sustainable regional economy, encourage sustainable business practices and
    reduce environmental impact
  • Advancing Cleveland’s Downtown Lakefront Development Plan to encourage 3.5 million square feet in new development that encourages recreation, entertainment commercial maritime activity and economic development.

Mayor Jackson is a Cleveland Public Schools graduate and Army veteran. He earned an
associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and his bachelor’s degree, master’s
degree, and law degree from Cleveland State University. He began his public service career
as an Assistant City Prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. From 1990
through 2005, Jackson represented Cleveland’s 5th Ward on Cleveland City Council. From
2002-2005, Jackson also served as President of Cleveland City Council