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Cleveland Mayor-Elect Justin Bibb Recruits Levin Students to Support Transition Team

Cleveland Mayor-elect Justin Bibb has reached out to the School of Urban Affairs seeking students, faculty, and staff interested in playing a part in local government to help his transition team before he takes office next month.

According to an article by Ideastream Public Media, the mayor-elect is passionate about “creating pathways for young people to start working in government,” said Jessica Trivisonno, Bibb’s deputy transition manager, adding that students were “a really huge support in the campaign.”

“The mayor-elect really values the voice of young people and the input of young people. I think that's a big part of why we want to make sure that they are part of the transition. It’s just such an important perspective, and the only way we can really get it is by making sure young people get involved,” Trivisonno told Ideastream Public Media.

Bibb plans to subdivide his transition team to focus on ten different areas including economic development, education, environment, equity and action, health, modern City Hall, neighborhoods, open government, safety, and talent.

An open call was put out to all CSU students inviting them to participate in aiding the transition team. CSU volunteer responsibilities will include facilitating transition team meetings, recording discussions, and giving input. “We're also hoping that students will be able to help generate some research as needed to support the policy recommendations that the transition committee is going to be generating,” Trivisonno said.