Michael R. Elliott Jr. is an accomplished and highly motivated professional with over fifteen years of combined multi-sector experience. Currently working for National Development Council (NDC) as Director and Program Manager of the Capital Access Fund of Greater Cleveland, a programmatic initiative in collaboration with National Development Council, Morgan Stanley and both the Urban League of Greater Cleveland and National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund, Michael is responsible for leading efforts to increase access to capital to minority businesses within the Greater Cleveland region. Prior to joining NDC, Michael was a Program Manager for the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, whose efforts helped secure over 2.7 million dollars in City assistance which leveraged over $60 million dollars in public and private procurement which helped to create 601 jobs and retained over 342 jobs within the City of Cleveland. Notable projects include the Oatey Company headquarters expansion, the redevelopment of the historic Fairmont Creamery building and Flats East Bank Phase II. In addition to his efforts in helping to attract, expand and start Cleveland based businesses, Michael spearhead efforts to increase local nonprofit business development capacity by raising more than $90 thousand dollars from various philanthropic companies and organizations including the Cleveland Foundation. Prior to joining the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, Michael served in the financial service industry where he held various client service and leadership roles with employers such as Progressive Insurance, Bank of America, and National City Bank. Additionally, Michael’s commitment to the community led him to take on roles at several nonprofit organizations. Michael is a two time graduate of Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs receiving his B.A. in Nonprofit Administration and his M.P.A in Public Administration and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional with National Development Council.