About Us

Our Mission

Cuyahoga Land Bank Charities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit subsidiary of the Cuyahoga Land Bank, was created to provide housing opportunities to vulnerable populations and communities, and the organizations that serve these populations.

We are a nonprofit subsidiary of 

THE CUYAHOGA LAND BANK

The Cuyahoga Land Bank acquires properties, returns them to productive use, reduces blight, increases property values, promotes economic development, supports community goals, and improves the quality of life for county residents.

Formed in 2008, when Northeast Ohio found itself at the epicenter of the national foreclosure crisis, the Cuyahoga Land Bank was an innovation that has become a national model for land banks throughout the country. In its first 12 years, the Land Bank has positively impacted Cuyahoga County’s economy to the tune of $1.6 Billion.

Executive Director

James Nichols

James Nichols is the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga Land Bank Charities. A former military officer, a former small business owner, and a pastor, James brings a combined 20 years of community relations and executive leadership experience. He offers a unique perspective, developed from his multicultural experience, organizational insight, and capacity for building bridges. As a Public Relations Director, he provided consulting, guidance, and strategic direction to CEOs, and senior executives. James has created and implemented effective communications and leadership strategies that have maximized and energized community engagement for several organizations throughout his Air Force, business, and ministry career. James has earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Tennessee State University, and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary to be conferred in 2023.

Board

Gus Frangos, Chairman

Gus Frangos, Chairman

Dennis Roberts

Dennis Roberts

Ricardo León

Ricardo León

Michael Schramm

Michael Schramm

Douglas Sawyer

Douglas Sawyer

Ronald Pavlovich

Ronald Pavlovich

Auxiliary Board

Richard Pace, Cumberland Development, Chairman

Gus Frangos, Cuyahoga Land Bank

Gail Reese, The Ministry of Reconciliation

Dorothy Banauch, Old Stone Church

Irene Hough, Ingredion Corporation

Dell Judd, Vantage Financial Group, Inc.

Arthur Krauer, The Millenia Companies

Kevin Nowak, CHN Housing Partners

Dominic Ozane, Jr., Ozane Construction

The Honorable Jasmin Santana, Cleveland City Council, Ward 14

Cuyahoga Land Bank Team

Gus Frangos, Cuyahoga Land Bank

Jacqui Knettel, Executive Assistant & Director of Human Resources

Marcelina Śladewska, Special Projects Manager

Kimberly Steigerwald, Acquisitions Manager

Matthew Thomas, GIS and Research Manager

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