Randy McShepard is Vice President of Public Affairs for RPM International Inc., one of Cleveland’s leading manufacturing and specialty coatings companies. He is responsible for coordinating external and governmental affairs, including management of the corporate philanthropy programs and corporate purchasing initiatives.
In addition to his for-profit career, Randy has more than 15 years of management experience in the nonprofit sector in areas including economic development, workforce development and community service. He has also served as an independent consultant for over 20 years, working largely with organizations in the region that focus on community development, neighborhood revitalization and land use. Randy sees the confluence of urban agriculture and environmental stewardship as exactly what urban communities need to address key quality of life issues such as job creation, entrepreneurship, place-making, community engagement and education.
Randy is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of PolicyBridge, a public policy think tank serving the Northeast Ohio region. PolicyBridge’s 2009 research report, “Rebuilding Blocks,” was cited by the Rid-All Green Partnership as the blueprint that shaped the group’s current strategy for converting vacant land into thriving urban farms. Randy is active on several boards including Baldwin Wallace University, The George Gund Foundation, The Cleveland School of Science and Medicine and TaylorOswald, LLC. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban Studies from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, where he has been recognized twice as a distinguished alum.