After a three month search and interview process, the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce selects Jeffrey C. Cleveland as its seventh President & CEO.

(Phoenix, AZ) August 6, 2010  -- Back in January 2010, Ron Busby, newly appointed President of the United States Black Chamber, Inc., resigned as leader of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce (GPBCC). Since that time, a small committee of Chamber Board members including; Peter Hemingway, Chairman of the Board and Principal for Wood Patel & Associates; Carl Newman, Selection Committee Chair and City of Phoenix Assistant Aviation Director; Leonardo Loo, Phoenix Director with Fennemore Craig; Garry Walters, Director of Consumer Affairs for Southwest Gas; and Isauro Gonzalez, Multicultural Markets Manager for US Bank and Chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, have been on the hunt for the next great leader to lead the African American business community in the greater Phoenix area. On August 5, 2010, Jeffrey C. Cleveland was selected to be that person.

“We were looking for a strong leader, with a strong vision, and a young and fresh face that the entire community as a whole could easily relate to,” says Peter Hemingway, Chairman of the Board. Jeff Cleveland’s career covers 21 years of consultative, sales, operational, and leadership experience throughout the world in the United States Armed Forces and private sector. Recently selected as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland also serves as the Associate Director of Business Development for Northcentral University, who provides an accredited doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees for adult learners. A graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, Cleveland was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army.  His assignments included several locations throughout the United States, Germany, and Middle East, including Desert Shield/Storm in 1991.  His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, and many others.

Cleveland has served on various boards and committees throughout his professional career, to include the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Phoenix, Phoenix Youth at Risk Foundation, Arizona Guide Right Foundation, Junior Achievement Citizen’s Advisory Team, and Goodwill Industries.  Additionally, he served as a local Military Academy Liaison Officer for West Point and sat on two federal Congressional Service Academy selection boards.  He also has been a member of Phoenix Rotary 100 and Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.  Currently, Cleveland is a member of the Greater Phoenix Urban League, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Grand Boulé Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Jeff was born and raised in Alabama, where his parents and sister still reside.  He enjoys golfing, movies, and reading.  He has lived in the Valley since 2001.

About The GPBCC:

The mission of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economic development of our business entrepreneurs and the communities for which we serve. The GPBCC serves as the corner stone for educational training, resource programs, resources and economic growth opportunities with a specific emphasis on "Business In Action". We exist to facilitate the economic empowerment of the Greater Phoenix Black community and our Chamber members through the promotion of entrepreneurship on a variety of levels, including but not limited to:

  • Offering leadership and advocacy in efforts regarding economic, political and social issues

  • Facilitating relationships between Chamber members, existing Black-owned businesses; and the Greater Phoenix corporate community

  • Attracting local, national, and international business opportunities for Black-owned enterprises

  • Educating our membership in the most current productive, and efficient business practices

  • Assisting whenever possible in the cultivation of fledging Black-owned enterprises

  • Acting as a clearinghouse for information, opportunity and dialog


    Kerwin Brown, Chair of Marketing & Public Relations
    The Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce
    602.793.9346 – [Direct]