Director of City Planning

Freddy L. Collier, Jr. was appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson to serve as the Director of Cleveland City Planning Commission in 2014. Freddy has over 20 years of experience in community lending and urban planning.

As Director, Collier works with a team of professional planners who enlist other City departments, community stakeholders, and agencies to promote and implement planning initiatives throughout the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio. He secured $270,000 in grant resources in his first year to advance Mayor Jackson’s vision of creating a healthy city and has been a leader in promoting the connections between planning and health outcomes in the community.

Collier began his career with the City Planning Commission in 1999 and has led several citywide initiatives including:

  • Managed the Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan, the City’s comprehensive masterplan designed to guide the development direction of the City of Cleveland;
  • Led in the development of the Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland initiative, including efforts such as the sustainable reuse of vacant land to create healthy and sustainable neighborhoods;
  • Developed a strategy to use sustainable land reuse to guide the dispensation of parcels through the City of Cleveland Land Bank Program;
  • Co-led efforts and wrote and designed the City of Cleveland’s strategy to engage residents in the Complete Count Committee for the 2010 Census.
  • Led on the Cuyahoga County Place Matters Team, an arm of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute in Washington D.C.

Collier has received various awards and honors including being named as a member of Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 40 under 40 Award, Class of 2003; and, a City of Cleveland Outstanding Public Service award in 2014. He has fostered local and national relationships to advance the development of Cleveland’s neighborhoods and serves with the following boards, committees and organizations:

  • Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Board Member
  • Benedictine High School Board Member
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation Strong Communities Advisory Committee
  • The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Health Policy Institute)• Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC)
  • Metropolitan Planning Authorities NOACA, AMATS, SCATS, and NEFCO
  • Health Impact Project
  • Human Impact Partners
  • The Saint Luke’s Foundation
  • Institute of Medicine

Prior to joining the Cleveland Planning Commission, Collier worked for Fifth Third Bank of Northeast Ohio. A graduate of Cleveland Benedictine High School, Collier holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with an emphasis in urban planning and a master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Management Academy and in 2011, was selected to be an Urban Fellow through the John McCloy Fellowship in Urban Affairs established by the American Council on Germany. He is also certified to teach “Roots of Success”, an environmental and job readiness curriculum for youth and adults, many of whom represent underserved communities.