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Black Male Achievement: One Man’s Story of Coming Home

May 22, 2013

"If we truly want to change what they are doing, the trajectory of where they’re headed, and where they land as adults, we have to change what they do and see on a daily basis."

Tim Tramble, executive director of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) since 2000, tells how black male achievement has been a part of his own journey and passion for his work in community development. He shares his experience growing up in a Cleveland neighborhood and his later return to view his hometown with a new perspective. It is this journey that led him to his current position and his passion for giving back. 

BBC serves the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods, two of the poorest in Cleveland due to the high concentration of public housing. Under Tim’s leadership, BBC has grown from a fledgling staff of two with minimal services to a highly productive community development corporation that delivers a multitude of programs and services. BBC is largely responsible for the nationally renowned revitalization of the Central community, which includes the greatest number of developed and sold homes in Cleveland over the past decade.

Tim earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University, where he also earned his graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Central State University and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. 

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