Mr. Don R. Slocum

Director Emeritus
Neighborhood Leadership Institute
Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Focus Areas

Food Systems
Food Systems


Don R. Slocum is the founder and executive director of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute. Mr. Slocum served as associate director of the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association for thirteen years, during which he developed Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland in conjunction with the Center for Neighborhood Development at Cleveland State University. As executive director of the Collinwood Community Services Center from 1983 to 1989 he developed his skills and commitment to community-based programming and neighborhood resident empowerment. As a Kellogg International Leadership Fellow from 1995 to 1999, Mr. Slocum visited and studied community-based leadership and economic development in Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Israel and parts of the United States. He led two study groups within the Fellows Program. The first was designed to increase awareness of the ways in which race and racism affect the nonprofit, governmental and international service sectors. The second created an international grassroots leadership exchange that resulted in the sponsorship of two Kellogg-funded meetings of local activists from Cleveland, Zimbabwe, and Ecuador. Mr. Slocum was also selected as a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar Program and participated in its session on "Community Leadership and Policy Change" held in Salzburg, Austria in December 2001.