A native Clevelander, Jewel M. Heath has always seen connections between diverse paths and managed to weave a consistent thread of social justice and public service into all of her endeavors. Growing up in a musically-gifted family, Jewel was surrounded by all genres of music and learned to sing at an early age. Additionally, she expressed an interest and talent in the visual and literary arts. She entered and won many writing contests and participated in creative writing contests at the state level. Her writing led to various college scholarships and academic recognition. Jewel attended Hiram College where she majored in Spanish and Biology, while remaining active in her family’s church as a youth leader, choir member, and playwright.
Jewel completed graduate studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Case Western Reserve University, where she studied Urban Health and Medical Anthropology. Her research interests included health disparities, public health policy, and how culture mediates health-seeking behaviors.
After working in government, education, and the nonprofit sectors, Jewel was recruited to New York to work for the Research Foundation of the State University of New York on the Teaming Initiative. In this capacity, Jewel helped transition public child welfare agencies to a team-based approach to case management in an effort to reduce caseworker burnout and turnover, as well as improve outcomes for families. During her tenure, she created several signature training curricula. Her workshops on Employee Burnout, Creative Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, and Emotional Intelligence were widely regarded.
Upon returning to Ohio, Jewel launched her own business focused on leadership coaching and team development. After her youngest child became school-aged, Jewel entered the classroom as a high school educator and mentor in inner-city Columbus, OH and continued to give back to the community as an Adult GED Instructor. In this capacity, she staunchly promoted and advocated for STEM/STEAM education for her students most of whom were underrepresented minorities representing socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
In the background of her professional career, Jewel has continued to nurture her passion for the arts as a patron, collector, and hobbyist. She has taken classes and developed skills in hand lettering, fiber arts, textiles, and photography. Most recently, she has received classical vocal training in order to audition for a musical, which would accomplish one of her bucket list items. Furthermore, she champions the artistic interests of her children among which exists a cellist, a vocalist, a poet, a percussionist, a dancer, and a game designer/coder.
Currently, Jewel is a law student at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she was featured as a singer in a video production celebrating the school’s Hall of Fame alumni. She intends to focus her future legal practice in intellectual property and social justice, particularly as it relates to health and education. Arts Cleveland represents an ideal intersection of her interests in organizational development, public policy, and collaborative community activism and engagement. She is excited about the future of the organization and the continued promotion of arts and culture in her hometown.
Contact: (216) 575-0331, x122 or Jewel [at] artscleveland.org
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