Johnathan Holifield, Esq.
Johnathan M. Holifield, Esq. is Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness, which is the practice of measuring and improving the performance of diverse populations within innovation ecosystems, emerging industry clusters and other areas critical to overall economic competitiveness. In this role Mr. Holifield is responsible for leveraging existing efforts within Northeast Ohio’s innovation ecosystem and leading new strategic initiatives to increase the competitiveness of African and Latino Americans. He focuses on connecting and enhancing inclusion efforts with NorTech’s partner organizations including JumpStart, BioEnterprise, MAGNET and Team NEO. Mr. Holifield also engages in public/private partnerships to further infuse inclusion into the region’s technology-based economic development initiatives that will increase overall economic competitiveness.
Mr. Holifield developed the Inclusive Competitiveness model, which is informed by over 20 years of experience cultivating partnerships with universities, nonprofits, governments, civic organizations, and businesses to garner broad-based support and investment for new initiatives, including innovative and actionable strategies to address economic inclusion, angel and early-stage private capital formation, STEM education, and nurture entrepreneurship ecosystems. He is co-founder of The America21 Project, a nationally networked and regionally focused initiative that uses innovation-based economic development tools, practices and strategies to connect African and Latino Americans to regional innovation clusters and ecosystems. He is also founding executive director of CincyTech USA – Cincinnati’s Voice of Technology and Innovation – and has held executive leadership positions with Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Cleveland Urban League.
He has served on several governing boards, including Bio/Start Bio/Medical Start-Up Center, Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Mr. Holifield holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in Educational Foundations and law degree from University of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.