Deborah Rutledge, M.Ed., MBA, AINS

Interim Executive Director

Email | (216) 592-2420

Deborah Rutledge has served on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance since its inception, and is the chair of the board’s Finance Committee. Ms. Rutledge began her career as a special education teacher in the Cleveland public schools, and later worked in retail and human resources management. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Rutledge Group, an independent insurance agency in Cleveland.

Catherine Smith


Program Manager

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Originally from a small town near Cincinnati, her time here has turned Catherine into a Cleveland fan at heart. She received a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and a Master of Science in Social Administration through the 3+2 dual-degree program at Case Western Reserve University. She focused her courses in Community Practice for Social Change, and holds a certificate in Leadership and Management from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

During her graduate work Catherine volunteered with local non-profit organizations, learned about Cleveland’s social service history, and interned with Cleveland’s Department of Community Development. Her experiences ignited a passion for supporting Cleveland neighborhoods and school transformation through community partnerships and by leveraging community assets.

Catherine joined the staff of the Transformation Alliance after serving as a Teach for America Corps member in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from 2015 to 2017. During that time she taught fourth and fifth grade Common Core Math and volunteered on the school’s Family and Community Engagement Committee.