For Immediate Release  

February 1, 2013


Former Board Treasurer and Activist Barbara Anderson to Head Agency’s Leadership


CLEVELAND, OH – After the loss of Founder and Board President Inez Killingsworth, the Board of Trustees has selected Barbara Anderson as its new president.


     “Long before she got sick, Inez was grooming Barbara to become a future leader of the organization,” said Mark Seifert, Executive Director.  “Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and commitment to her new role with ESOP.”


     “After working with my mentor for the last 12 years, I am excited about the opportunity to continue the work that Inez started,” said Anderson.  “I am committed to the mission of ESOP and making sure her voice remains to be heard.” 


     Anderson first came to Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’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 “Cleveland vs. Wall Street” which puts “Wall Street” on trial for the housing crisis in Cleveland.  She is also the four and an active leader and instructor at her church.