Hailing from a family whose steel-hauling business has operated in Tremont for over a hundred years, YNPN Cleveland Member Benjamin Gregg has deep roots in Northeast Ohio, and he hopes to stay here for the foreseeable future. Ben has a degree from St. Bonaventure University in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has widely applied these skills for work in nonprofits in Cleveland and Chicago. Over his career, professionally or as a volunteer, Ben has gained experience managing volunteers, programs, events, and grants, and he truly functions as “a jack of all trades.”
Ben recently started a new position as the Advancement Coordinator for the West Side Catholic Center in Cleveland, where he will be helping to oversee and coordinate events and to support other development-related initiatives for the organization. Prior to starting his new position, he served as a volunteer Job Readiness Instructor and GED Tutor for the West Side Catholic Center since the fall of 2015. Ben has also volunteered at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and he plans to serve as a mentor for College Now Greater Cleveland and Public Allies Chicago, a non-profit leadership development program through AmeriCorps of which he is an alumnus.
Outside of work, Ben is also active in the Northeast Ohio performing arts community. He has recently performed in the staged reading Well-Beings at the Cleveland Public Theatre, as well as the full-length production Pure Shock Value at none too fragile theater in Akron. Ben can be seen in two upcoming productions with Mamai Theatre Company in Cleveland this summer (Lady Windermere's Fan and The Woman Hater), as well as the Civil War tale The Whipping Man, again with none too fragile theatre in Akron.
Ben spends his additional time engaged with the Northeast Ohio performing arts community as an audience member. He tries to attend as many local plays, musical performances, and art shows as he can because they often feature his friends and colleagues. He also assists Playwrights Local 4181, an organization dedicated to developing Cleveland playwrights, in an administrative capacity.
Though his broad knowledge would make him an asset to any organization, he says that membership in YNPN Cleveland appeals to him because it involves people and ideas from the community-based and performing arts organizations that he regularly supports. He also cites the broad array of ways to get involved with this organization as a perk, saying: “From serving as an ambassador, to brainstorming workshops for professional development, to networking events - there seems to be a lot of opportunity and growth for the long-term development of YNPN Cleveland.” Ben says he hopes to stay involved in YNPN Cleveland in the future, and we hope he will, too.