In the days immediately following the death of George Floyd, a group of leaders in the Black community formed a team and developed an agenda focusing on addressing racial disparity gaps in the Toledo community. They joined members of the business community and the City of Toledo to reaffirm that a welcoming and healthy community must stand together against systemic racism.
A commitment was made to build a framework where the private and public sector can stand with members of the black/brown communities to address needs and commit to make meaningful changes in our community. It was out of that commitment, the TREIC took shape and began putting together its strategy. These three co-chairs stepped forward, with many more strategic and pillar leaders to be identified in the near future.
Bob worked for 39 years in the banking industry, most recently as the regional president of Fifth Third Bank Northwest Ohio. LaClair has also served the northwest Ohio community, as chairman of the ProMedica Health System Board of Trustees, as well as holding board positions with HCR ManorCare, Toledo Public Schools Foundation, and many others.
Lisa McDuffie is the President/CEO of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio and has been a part of the agency for 25 years. She has led the YWCA in community efforts to build awareness on the need for racial justice and gender equity. The YWCA combines programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change.