Our platform provides tools 🔨 and resources 📚
that facilitate transparent 🔍 & collaborative 🤝🏼
ideation, development and execution
of impactful 💕 economic development projects.
Congress passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designating Opportunity Zones which changed economic development by offering a big tax break for investing in economically distressed communities.
Our co-founder Peter is part of Cuyahoga County’s effort to nominate communities as Opportunity Zones to the Governor of Ohio.
He witnesses first hand the barriers in knowledge, capacity and networks communities had to overcome to develop projects.
Leo joins forces with Peter to co-found The Opportunity Exchange as an Opportunity Zone marketplace.
End of 2019
Community Partners in 9 states are using The Opportunity Exchange to manage their opportunity zone projects.
The Opportunity Exchange relaunches as an economic development platform, officially expanding beyond just Opportunity Zones.
Thanks to our close relationship with our community partners, we understand well the barriers in economic development and are building towards a new future of solving those barriers with technology.
Our Network is Nationwide
Projects in 30 states and counting. Click a state to see projects.
We are a proud partner of 13 communities across the nation.
Click a logo below to view projects of select community partners.
Build Trust Through Transparency:
We strive to build a trusting, equitable and supportive relationship between us and our partners that fosters professional and personal growth for both. We aim to be transparent in our motives so our partners can hold us accountable to our vision.
Promote Diverse Thought and Experiences:
We believe that diversity in thought, background, and experience are required to advance these goals. We strive to promote this value through how we identify new teammates, how we support each other as a team, and how we identify partners we work with.
Transform Community & Economic Development:
We believe in the need to think creatively about how to build more equitable and inclusive economies. By building technology and software that directly empowers community organizers, leaders, developers, business owners, and community residents, we increase agency around community & economic development within communities. We ultimately want our tools to strengthen and support equitable and inclusive economic growth.
After working in management consulting, Peter moved to Northeast Ohio to work in community and economic development,
and later launched The Opportunity Exchange. He has contributed to the US Impact Investing Alliance's OZ Impact Reporting Framework, co-authored a paper on green energy
in Opportunity Zones, and written for the Brookings institution. Peter holds a Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard University.
Leo’s previous experience has been centered around GovTech —
most recently focused on expanding access to voting. He helped
launch a mobile voting platform designed to securely cast votes
in elections across the globe, allowing members of the US military
to participate in general and midterm elections while serving abroad.
Currently in Cleveland, Ohio, Leo holds a Bachelor’s of Science
from Cornell University and is an alumnus of the Venture for
Marketing and Customer Success Lead
Ayat graduated from the University of California-San Diego with a B.S. in Physics,
and then worked as a Data Scientist at an A.I start-up founded by
the former chief administrator of NASA. She holds a MicroMasters from MIT in Data, Economics and Development Policy.
She is a 2019 Venture for America fellow who returned to her midwest roots by
living in Cleveland.
Chukwuebuka Jr. Kemdirim
Chukwuebuka Jr., better known as CJ, is The Opportunity Exchange's
first full time software engineer. CJ graduate with a B.S. in
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Previously CJ worked an aerospace engineer
who worked at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and Rockwell Collins. CJ joined
Venture for America as a 2019 fellow who made his way to Cleveland.
Kelli Webber is multi-disciplinary team member whose skills and interests
intersect Art, Computer Science, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.
She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Computer Science.
In the past, Kelli has pursued many artistic projects including writing her
own web comic. Kelli is a 2020 Venture for America fellow.
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