DT | Arvest Bank Presents, Conversations From the Top with Dianne Cleaver
Dianne Cleaver is a civic leader and community activist who has over 35 years experience working in health, human services and education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Missouri.
Mrs. Cleaver is Executive Director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, an organization that is one of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Big 5 ideas, formed to help revitalize neighborhoods in the urban core. Current major initiatives include development of a Purpose Built Community and a Collective Impact Initiative to address Vacant Housing. Previous positions include: President of Symmetry Consulting LLC specializing in human services, educational reform and cultural competence; Chief Administrative Officer for the Kansas City Missouri School District; Coordinator of Governor Bob Holden’s State-wide Initiative for Families and Children; Director of Community Development for Truman Medical Center; and Mental Health Director at Swope Parkway Health Center, where she lead the center in development of a wide array of programs for adult and children
She currently serves Board Chair of the Jacob and Ella Loose Foundation, Kansas City Neighborhood Academy Charter School and on the board of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, as a Trustees of University of Missouri at Kansas City and on Advisory Boards for the Kansas City STEM Alliance and Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
Mrs. Cleaver has provided leadership as chairperson of: United Way of Greater Kansas City, the Jackson County Charter Review Task Force Starlight Theater Board; Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers, Kansas City Kids Safe Governing Council; Community Network for Behavioral Health Care; Statewide Task Force on African-American Issues in Mental Health; Renaissance West Substance Abuse Treatment Facility; and the Rose Brooks Center; and has served as Co-Chair of the Kansas City Early Child Education Commission, the City-Wide Campaign to renew the Earnings Tax and the Kansas City Host Committee, National Conference of Black Mayors. She has served on the National Board of the Girl Scouts and the boards of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kauffman Foundation Youth Development Board, COMBAT Anti-Drug Commission; and the American Bar Association’s Commission to revise the Code of Judicial, ,
Her awards include the Athena Leadership Award, Alumnus of the Year, University of Missouri at Kansas City, College of Arts and Sciences; Greater K.C. Women’s Political Caucus Pillar Award; Starlight Theater Star Award; Honorary Inductee National Jesuit Honor Society; Presidents Award, Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Kindest Kansas Citian Honoree; Delta Sigma Theta Woman of Courage Award, and Woman of the Year, Missouri Legislative Black Caucus; Friend In Deed” Award, Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries; and GLAD (Gay/Lesbian Alliance) Leadership Award.
She is married to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and they are the proud parents of four young adults and proud grandparents of five (wonderful) children.