About Lee Fisher
As President and CEO of CEOs for Cities, Lee leads a national innovation network of cross-sector urban leaders who share the smartest ideas and practices for city and regional economic competitiveness and success. Lee is also a Senior Fellow with the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs and an Urban Scholar with the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Lee has served as Ohio Lt. Governor; Director, Ohio Department of Development; Chair, Ohio Third Frontier Commission; Chair, Ohio Economic Growth Council; Member, Ohio Venture Capital Authority; Chair, Clean Ohio Council; Ohio Attorney General; State Senator; State Representative; President/ CEO, Center for Families and Children; and Partner, law firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks.
Lee is married to Peggy Zone Fisher, the President and CEO of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. They have two children, Jason (31) and Jessica (23).
A Bit More About Lee…
- How did you become involved with GroundWorks DanceTheater?
I have attended several benefits for GroundWorks and have been enormously impressed not only by the incredible talent of the dance troupe but also the passion of the dancers and their many community supporters.
- What are you doing to prepare for It Takes Two?
Worrying, running, stretching…and worrying more.
- What will make your performance unlike any other participant?
I have perfected what has been called by my family, “the Fisher Kick.” I’m looking forward to debuting this one-of-a kind dance move on April 25. I should add that my family is embarrassed every time I make this move at family bar and bat mitzvahs.
- Why should fans cast their vote for you to take home the big prize this year?
I’ve been involved in many campaigns throughout my career, but none more exciting and fulfilling than my 1963 race for President of Fernway Elementary School in Shaker Heights. I was the clear underdog against Billy Riley, the most handsome, athletic, and popular kid in the 6th grade. Even my parents, my most ardent supporters, gave me no chance. But I personally asked every student in the 6th grade for their vote. Billy didn’t ask anyone. I won in a landslide, and the lifelong lesson I learned is that you should never take any voter for granted. You should always ask them for their vote – and that’s what I’m doing now. I’m asking all of you who read this for your vote…regardless of my performance on the dance floor on a single evening in April!