ECC Welcomes SeMia Bray as Local Director in Cleveland
ECC is excited to welcome SeMia Bray, a longtime advocate for equity and sustainability, as our new local director in Cleveland. She brings more than 20 years of senior management experience in the nonprofit, private and manufacturing sectors, where she has worked to advance a sustainable, resilient and equitable economy driven by safe, renewable energy.
“SeMia proved herself well-equipped to take the helm of our local program in Cleveland by serving as its interim director for the past several months,” said ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild. “We are delighted that she is assuming that role on a permanent basis and will, in collaboration with members of our local council there, help advance ECC’s mission.”
“I welcome the opportunity to direct ECC’s exciting local program in Cleveland, where ECC originated its RENEW retrofit program to save energy and money with energy efficiency building upgrades,” Bray said. “ECC also was instrumental in creating the Cuyahoga County Clean Energy Financing Hub, which helps project owners and developers find and structure financing for clean energy projects, including county-owned projects. I look forward to supporting these ongoing efforts, as well as initiating new ways to advance economic and environmental equity for Cleveland’s low-income communities of color.”
Immediately before joining ECC, Bray was senior director of emerging programs and institutional advancement at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. As a member of the Urban League’s senior leadership team, she supported fundraising and implementation of new programs, including the Cuyahoga Small Business Development Center. She also helped develop the Minority Business Development Assistance Center serving Northeast Ohio and the pilot of Career Beginnings Environmental, an interactive youth development program that introduces young people to sustainable careers.
For the 10 years prior, Bray was in the manufacturing and private sectors, where she played a role in planning, implementing and/or monitoring of community development, workforce development and commercial architecture and design projects. In the private sector, Bray was directly responsible for the development, delivery and monitoring of a workforce development curriculum for a $4M project serving clients with barriers to employment. She also was a key contributor to numerous commercial architectural and design projects implemented in the Greater Cleveland area.
Bray has served on various boards and committees and is currently a member of the Alliance for Family Hope Board, the Cuyahoga Solar Co-Op Selection Committee and the Cleveland State University Center for the Urban Environment Advisory Board.
Bray holds a master’s degree in organizational systems design from the Baldwin Wallace University (formerly Baldwin Wallace College) and a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in business administration and interior design from Ursuline College. She is also a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland and the Northern Ohio Executive Leadership Institute. In 2016, Bray was selected as a candidate for the National Urban League Emerging Leaders Program.