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For Immediate Release
February 1, 2013
Former Board Treasurer and Activist Barbara Anderson to Head Agencyâ€™s Leadership
CLEVELAND, OH â€“ After the loss of Founder and Board President Inez Killingsworth, the Board of Trustees has selected Barbara Anderson as its new president.
â€śLong before she got sick, Inez was grooming Barbara to become a future leader of the organization,â€ť said Mark Seifert, Executive Director. â€śBarbara brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and commitment to her new role with ESOP.â€ť
â€śAfter working with my mentor for the last 12 years, I am excited about the opportunity to continue the work that Inez started,â€ť said Anderson. â€śI am committed to the mission of ESOP and making sure her voice remains to be heard.â€ť
Anderson first came to Empowering and Strengthening Ohioâ€™s People for assistance as a homeowner. She then became active as a community leader and later served as Board Treasurer. She currently works as a Consumer Protection Specialist for the City of Cleveland.
Ms. Anderson has a long history of community leadership and activism, serving on several community boards over the years. She has testified before Congress on the predatory lending and foreclosure crisis, served as a panelist on numerous forums, and was a featured speaker to the Democratic Presidential Candidates in 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. She also had a principal role in the award winning movie â€śCleveland vs. Wall Streetâ€ť which puts â€śWall Streetâ€ť on trial for the housing crisis in Cleveland. She is also the four and an active leader and instructor at her church.