Leadership on Main: Featuring County Executive Ilene Shapiro
County Executive Ilene Shapiro became the fifth Summit County Executive in August of 2016. As Executive, Ilene manages a budget of nearly a half billion dollars and nine departments from Community and Economic Development, Finance and Budget to Job and Family Services, Sanitary Sewer Services and the Medical Examiner.
Ilene Shapiro served on Summit County Council for nearly ten years, three of those as Council President. She served on various committees during her tenure on Council, including time as the Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee for seven years.
County Executive Shapiro is an accomplished business leader with a history of successful business ventures for high growth, established, turn-around and start-up organizations. She led Shapiro Consulting, which specialized in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Business Planning, Workforce and Economic Development.
Shapiro currently serves on The University of Akron Research Foundation Board and the County Executives of America Board of Directors. She is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body and is an alumnus of both Leadership America and Leadership Akron. She is a past President of the Women’s Network and is a founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. She previously served as Chair of the Summit County Green Task Force.
In recognition of her distinguished work, Shapiro was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Advocate award for the State of Ohio and the Judith A. Resnick Woman of the Year Award for Inspiration. In 2015, she received the Harold Stubbs Award for Government.
County Executive Shapiro lives in West Akron.
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