Meet Joe


Currently serving his sixth term on Cleveland City Council, Councilman Joe Cimperman is a senior member of the body and is highly regarded by his constituents, and peers, for his work ethic and ability to build meaningful bridges to tackle important issues relevant to Ward 3 and the City of Cleveland. Councilman Cimperman currently represents the City of Cleveland Ward 3, one of the most diverse wards in the City. Ward 3 includes the neighborhoods of St. Clair-Superior, Tremont, Ohio City, Duck Island, Old Brooklyn, Brooklyn Centre, the Flats, and Downtown Cleveland.

Councilman Cimperman currently serves as the Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee and is a member of the Legislation, Public Parks, Property, and Recreation, and Community and Economic Development Committees on Cleveland City Council.

Councilman Cimperman is a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School (1988) and John Carroll University (1992). While attending John Carroll, Councilman Cimperman founded Project GOLD, an award-winning international community service organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged families.

Following his graduation from John Carroll, Councilman Cimperman worked with Cleveland’s I Have a Dream Foundation, a program which provided opportunities for the City’s youth to pursue higher education and equipped participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. In addition to serving Cleveland, Councilman Cimperman completed two years of services as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where we worked with cognitively challenged adults in Portland, Maine, and at the Don Miller AIDS Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland, caring for patients before they passed away.

After a successful tenure with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Joe returned to Cleveland home to serve as an outreach worker at Cleveland’s West Side Catholic Center. In 2003, Councilman Cimperman was selected as a Fellow for the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program of the German Marshall Fund.

Since first being elected to Cleveland City Council in 1997, Councilman Cimperman has focused his efforts on community revitalization. Working diligently, Councilman Cimperman has created and invigorated of 30 block clubs in order to foster a sense of community for the many neighborhoods he proudly serves. Councilman Cimperman’s vision for Ward 3 and the City of Cleveland is a diverse, interconnected, and self-supported community filled with passion and energy.

Additionally, Councilman Cimperman has been active in the arts community and recognizes the importance of fostering a strong arts and cultural scene across the City and has sponsored legislation to promote this attribute of the City.

Most recently, Councilman Cimperman has been known for spearheading Cleveland’s nationally-recognized urban agriculture scene. In 2008, Councilman Cimperman sponsored the first in a series of groundbreaking pieces of legislation that made Cleveland a leader in urban agriculture. Councilman Cimperman to conceived the idea of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative, a collaboration between the City’s four major hospital systems to improve the health and wellness of Clevelanders.

Councilman Cimperman lives with his wife and children in Ward 3 and enjoys talking with, and more importantly, listening to its great constituents.