9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Collaboration Panel
The Power of Partnership: Cleveland’s Greater University Circle Initiative

Cleveland has won national recognition for the role major nonprofits are playing in taking on the poverty and disinvestment plaguing some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Cities are increasingly turning to their “anchor” institutions as drivers of economic development, harnessing the power of these major economic players to benefit the neighborhoods where they are rooted. 

This presentation will demonstrate how the Greater University Circle Initiative achieved this coordination among three large anchor institutions located in Cleveland’s University Circle area to improve the quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods, and to give residents a greater voice and connection to the resources of the anchor institutions to help build inclusive and sustainable local economies.



David Zuckerman

Director, Healthcare Engagement,

The Democracy Collaborative

David Zuckerman joined The Democracy Collaborative team in 2012 and serves as director for healthcare engagement. David leads the coordination of the Healthcare Anchor Network—a health system-led collaboration focused on improving community health and well-being by building inclusive and sustainable local economies. The Network includes more than 25 health systems to date. His work focuses on inclusive and equitable economic development strategies that build wealth in low-income communities, with specific attention on how hospitals and health systems can deploy the business side of their institutions to support community health improvement and strengthen their local economies.



Nazleen Bharmal, MD

Director of Community Partnerships

Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Bharmal is a recent addition to the Cleveland Clinic Community
Care and Population Team leadership team. Her role is medical
director of community partnerships where she will work with an
interdisciplinary team to develop a community health strategy for Cleveland Clinic.
She previously was the director of Science and Policy at the Office of the Surgeon
General (OSG) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was
responsible for leading the evidence base for the Surgeon General’s priority areas;
supervising Public Health Reports, the peer-reviewed journal of the Office of the US
Surgeon General and US Public Health Service; and overseeing scientific documents
and landmark Surgeon General reports.


John McMicken Jr.

Chief Executive Officer

Evergreen Cooperative Corporation

John McMicken, chief executive officer of Cleveland-based Evergreen Cooperative Corporation, currently oversees Evergreen’s five operating entities: Evergreen Energy Solutions, Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, Green City Growers (hydroponic greenhouse), Evergreen Business Services (professional services), and The Fund for Employee Ownership which launched in 2018.

 He has over 22 years’ experience in the technology services field, holding senior level positions in both business development and operations management. John has successfully launched a variety of technology startups and currently oversees Evergreen’s day-to-day operations and is responsible for ongoing business planning and the evaluation of new service offerings within Evergreen’s unique worker-owned cooperative model.


Dan Simon, MD


UH Medical Centers

Dan Simon is the president of University Hospitals (UH) Medical Centers and Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. As president of UH Medical Centers, Dr. Simon is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating clinical and safety standards and practice in all hospital settings across the health system. Dr. Simon works in collaboration with the system executive team to manage patient care, quality, regulatory and financial outcomes. Additionally, he is responsible for the academic efforts of UH, providing oversight for the full spectrum of research activities spanning basic/translational research to clinical and population research as well as graduate medical education, continuing medical education, undergraduate medical education and community education.


Kimalon Dixon

Senior Project Director,
Cleveland Purpose Built Communities

Cleveland Foundation

Kimalon Dixon brings extensive experience in public and community service to the Cleveland Foundation. Kimalon served as program officer of health at the Cleveland Foundation until May 2018. She is now senior project director, Cleveland Purpose Built Communities, a holistic neighborhood revitalization initiative with a goal of transforming areas within the Buckeye/Woodhill and Glenville neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Kimalon was project director at the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) where she managed a multi-sector collaborative that focused on the elimination of childhood lead poisoning and pursuit of healthy homes in Greater Cleveland.