Mayor Annette Blackwell is a very successful business professional who has worked at KeyBank and University Hospitals of Cleveland. She ended her 16 years as a Senior Commercial Property Tax Analyst and Co-Leader of the Black Employee Network at Deloitte and Ryan Global Tax Services where she was also a U.S. India Liaison when she won the election.
On January 6, 2016, Mayor Blackwell was sworn in as the City of Maple Heights’ 16th Mayor, the first female and first African-American in the City’s 100-year history. She is also the City’s Director of Safety and acts as the chief conservator of the peace of the City.
Mayor Blackwell serves on several Executive Boards, the Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association, First Suburbs Consortium and the Suburban Water Council of Governments. She is a Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) Board Member, and an appointed member on the Executive Committee of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. Mayor Blackwell is a member of the First Ring Schools Superintendents and Mayors Collaborative, Secretary for the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), serves as a member of the Cuyahoga County Community College Council for Community Access, Cuyahoga County Council’s Community Reinvestment Subcommittee and the Northeast Ohio Arts + Culture Caucus.
During her time in office, she has received numerous awards. Most notably, the Maple Heights City Schools Pathfinder recognition for her work in the field of Citizenship and Government, the National Action Network of Greater Cleveland Humanitarian, the Warrior of Justice & Leadership Award, and being named as one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People in 2021. Additional awards include, the Ohio State Coalition of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Distinguished Community Leader Award, Cuyahoga Community College Women in Transition Program (WIT) Outstanding Leadership Award, the Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award from the Women of God Outreach Ministries and the Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats (NEOYBD) Woman of Vision Award.
However, her most honorable awards are Ursuline College’s Sister Diana Stano Leadership Award and her induction into her high school, Villa Angela – St. Joseph, Hall of Fame.
The Mayor holds a very special title, Celebrity Godparent, for MyCom’s Saving Our Daughters/Saving Our Cinderellas an organization which helps young girls overcome life obstacles.
She completed her business education (ASB) at Indiana Wesleyan University and Public Relations, Corporate Communications (BA) from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Mayor Blackwell is also an alumnus of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute.
And she is currently participating in a training program to obtain her certification for an Ohio Certified Public Manager at The Center for Public & Nonprofit Management at Cleveland State University.
The Mayor and her husband are local business owners in the City of Maple Heights.