Marvin Hayes, director of Amare Public Affairs, a progressive public affairs firm, has been named to the Board of Trustees of The George Gund Foundation. Hayes replaces outgoing trustee Mark Joseph, and joins two other Cleveland trustees, Nancy Mendez and Margaret Bernstein, and six other Trustees who are members of the Gund family.
Hayes was born and raised in the Kinsman neighborhood of Cleveland and has a deep commitment to the city. He has extensive expertise in political and strategic communication, advocacy and lobbying, public policy, and urban development. Hayes was a full-time special adviser to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in 2020; vice president of business development at Data Genomix, a social media marketing company; director of external relations at the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency; and director of urban redevelopment and infrastructure for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He also has worked for Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland.
Hayes has been a board member of Neighborhood Housing Services, the Deaconess Foundation, and the Lakewood Community Services Center. He has a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in political science and public policy. Hayes and his wife, Lori McClung, live in Cleveland.
“The George Gund Foundation and the Gund family have been stalwart supporters of the City of Cleveland,” Hayes commented. “Joining the Foundation as a Trustee is an outstanding opportunity to serve the city that I love and all of its residents. I am excited to join this organization and put my belief in the city into action.”