October 2023 Staff Spotlight: Angela Cain, Executive Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs

On September 1, 2023, the CWRU Office of Local Government and Community Relations welcomed Angela Cain as executive director of pre-collegiate programs. In this newly created role, Cain will partner with her team and across the university to develop a strategic plan for pre-collegiate programs and to lead CWRU’s K-12 camps, pipeline programs and school-based and community outreach programs. 

“Our pre-collegiate programs provide access for K-12 students to explore higher education through a variety of experiential learning opportunities,” Cain said. “I see our programs as having the potential to serve as an entry point and connector to various academic pathways, programs, and career opportunities offered at CWRU.”

Previously, Cain spent 24 years at the Cleveland Clinic, where she most recently served as a director in community health equity. During her tenure at the Cleveland Clinic, Cain led enterprise-wide special projects and K-12 programs and initiatives to develop a skilled community youth workforce pipeline that was aligned with Clinic leadership strategies. She has significant experience building partnerships with community stakeholders at all levels, including school administrators and leadership at community-based, youth-serving organizations, to improve outcomes of underserved communities. 

Cain is a certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aider and serves as a pastor alongside her husband in a faith-based ministry. She also has directed an outreach ministry focused on inspiring youth housed at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. 

Cain holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from Ursuline College. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their adult children, seven grandchildren and their Yorkie.

“We have signature, legacy programs at CWRU that have been serving youth and their families for over 50 years. I look forward to the opportunity to be an ambassador for our programs serving alongside a passionate team of individuals who are committed to helping youth thrive and "Think Beyond The Possible" to live out their lives as healthy, global and civically engaged citizens,” Cain said.