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"The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been" -Henry Kissinger

Mario Snowden was born at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended grade school in the Shaker Square-Buckeye area. Mario's parents and grandparents instilled in him the meaning of character and the power in prayer from a young age. He was taught the value and strength of a close community through lessons about the Civil Rights Movement. Along with witnessing the painful reality of how generational struggles impacts our community.

Mario went to college at the age of 17, where he rented his first apartment to attend the University of Akron. During his time away, he learned firsthand the struggles and hardships that many families in Ward 4 know too well. It was there that a passion and excitement for creating programs and helping the community took root. Mr. Snowden graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Currently, he is finishing his program for a Masters in Education (M.Ed.).

Mr. Snowden’s career experience includes: working with Nationwide Insurance and First Energy, working as a licensed Agent with Allstate, and later working with the Akron Police Department. Currently, Mr. Snowden is in his 4th year working with Cleveland’s youth as a Dean of Engagement with CMSD. In addition to this, from his time in college to now he has participated in and organized 10+ major community service programs, presented sessions at The University of Akron's Black Male Summit 3 times, and volunteered with multiple youth and homeless organizations. 


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