Joseph Marinucci: President & CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance


Joe Marinucci

Joe Marinucci

Photo courtesy of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Joseph Marinucci currently serves as President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), the largest Special Improvement District in the State of Ohio. DCA is dedicated to improving the pedestrian experience for people who work, live and play in Downtown Cleveland and to attracting additional private investment to the Central Business District.

Prior to joining DCA, he served as President and Executive Vice President of DCA’s predecessor organization, Downtown Cleveland Partnership; Vice President of Real Estate Development for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the country’s second largest theater district; Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland; and Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Development.

He has served as Chairman of the Board of International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and was recognized for his 39 years in the Economic Development profession by being awarded Fellow Member, Honorary Life Member, and, in 2016, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Honor of Edward DeLuca, recognizing his contribution to the economic development profession. He also served as treasurer of IEDC’s predecessor organization, the International Council for Urban Economic Development.

In addition, Joe’s volunteer contributions included serving on and chairing the Board of The Gateway Economic Corporation, the owner of the Gateway Sports Complex and more recently served on the Cleveland Host Committee of the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland. In addition, Mr. Marinucci’s current community involvement includes the Union Club Board of Trustees, the Cleveland Restoration Society Board of Trustees, the Cleveland International Film Festival Board of Trustees, Global Cleveland Board of Trustees, the Visiting Committee of Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU, and the Urban Research Park CDE, based in Towson, Maryland.

A longtime Cleveland resident and graduate of Cleveland State University, Mr. Marinucci was born in Giuliano Teatino, a small town 15 kilometers from the Adriatic Sea in the Chieti Province of Abruzzo, Italy. He migrated to the United States with his parents in 1956 and settled in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland. Today, he resides with his wife Dani in Westlake, Ohio, where they raised their four children: Antonia, Dante, Lucia and Vincenzo.