Director of Economic Development

David Ebersole was born and raised in Greater Cleveland and has lived here most of his life. He currently lives in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood with his wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Valerie.

He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

David grew up hearing all about new construction in the Cleveland area from his father, Steve, who has worked for over 40 years as a structural engineering consultant on buildings throughout Cleveland. David remembers frequent “rides” around Cleveland where different projects and buildings were pointed out as new projects. He’s pleased that he can keep up the family tradition of helping to build Cleveland.

David has worked for the City of Cleveland for almost 10 years in the Department of Economic Development, starting in 2008. He started out working on the redevelopment of brownfield sites, helping to place vacant, abandoned, and environmentally contaminated sites back into productive use.

In 2015, he was appointed by Mayor Jackson to serve as Assistant Director and was appointed again in January 2017 to serve as the Interim Director of the department. David’s work was recognized by Ohio EPA when he was awarded the 2014 award for Outstanding Leadership in Brownfield Redevelopment.

David is a 2016 member of Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 under 40.