Kim Pride’s responsibilities include writing grants, working with major donors and coordinating events. It’s the loyalty and positive attitude that Pride brings to her work, and applying that locally and globally, that make her a standout.
Creating a safe place: Pride believes homeownership creates stakeholders in the community who are willing to care and invest in schools, family, safety and neighborhood appearances. “Children do better in school and later career-wise when they rest their heads every night in the same place,” says Pride.
Addressing a need: “There aren’t enough affordable (housing) units in Cleveland. We have this wonderful renaissance in the city, but we have to think about the people not earning a lot of money.”
What tugs at her heart: “Seeing little kids run to their rooms when we turn over a house to a new owner. One partner family had a young son who refused to memorize his address because he had moved 14 times.”
Interests: Mission work, including in Guatemala; improvisational comedy and hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. She also encourages families to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art. “It’s free, and I’m a bit obsessive about it,” she says.