Maura Garven is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Destination Cleveland, the Convention & Visitors Bureau for Greater Cleveland. In this role, she manages the organization’s strategic planning implementation as well as destination development efforts including physical and digital wayfinding and the organization’s initiatives in Cleveland’s neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Destination Cleveland, she worked as Director of Strategy and Analysis at Strategy Design Partners, a strategic planning and communications consulting firm in Cleveland. She also worked for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Partners In Health, a Boston-based international health nonprofit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning, Design and Development from Cleveland State University.
In addition to her work at Destination Cleveland, Maura is a founding member of Hack Cleveland, a collective that explores how activism and civic engagement intersect with tech challenges and solutions in response to underlying inequities. She also serves as a member of the Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program. She is passionate about issues of gender and racial equity and justice, and is committed to education and advocacy around these issues. She looks forward to joining the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Community Advisory Board and hopes her passion around these issues helps advance the Center’s mission and programming. Originally from Lakewood, Maura lives in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland.