Sharyna C. Cloud will head Cleveland Peacemakers

Sharyna C. Cloud, an experienced criminal justice professional and community collaboration expert, is the new director of Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, an arm of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Cloud joins BGCC after an eight-year stint with the city of Cleveland as project director for the Community Relations Board. Prior to that, she worked for the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections as a parole officer, re-entry specialist and interim assistant regional administrator.

Since 2004, Cloud, who lives in Bedford, has been a trainer for the state’s Citizen Circles program, which creates partnerships that promote positive interaction and accountability for offenders upon their release.

In December, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland took over the day-to-day management of Cleveland Peacemakers, which uses outreach workers to help curb street violence through mediation, gang interaction, conflict resolution, case management, family services and intervention following violent incidents. Before that, the group had been operating as a coalition of agencies.

BGCC has now finished hiring the Peacemakers staff, which will be based at East Tech High School. All former members who were seeking a position had to reapply and be interviewed by BGCC.

“We are excited to have someone with Sharyna Cloud’s experience and leadership skills directing this important initiative,” said BGCC President Ron Soeder. “Our top priority at the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland is keeping our kids safe. That starts with keeping our community safe.”

Cloud holds a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in criminal psychology from Kent State University.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my years of experience to the Peacemakers Alliance to enhance the community relationships, strengthen our social service connections and give the outreach workers the tools they need to be successful on the street,” Cloud said.

Founded in 1954, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves nearly 8,000 youths in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The Clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, to engage in life-enhancing programs and to create a culture of hope and opportunity.

BGCC’s mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.