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Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud
President & Chief Executive Officer
Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud is a 1977 graduate of Horace Mann High School located in Gary, Indiana. In 1986 she began taking evening classes while working full-time and raising two daughters. Over the next ten years, she earned an Associates of Arts in Sociology from Purdue Calumet, Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management from Calumet College, and Masters of Education with certification in Counseling and Personnel Services from Purdue University Calumet in 1996. On November 17th, 2013 Vanessa completed all course requirements and earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Argosy University located in Chicago, IL.

She has worked as an administrator at Purdue University Calumet, South Suburban College, and the Gary Community School Corporation. On January 15th, 2010, Dr. Allen-McCloud was appointed President and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, which covers Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. This position has provided her with the opportunity to enhance educational, financial stability, and diversity awareness programs and services to improve the quality of life among students, families, and all other stakeholders.

Dr. McCloud is a certified Civility in the Workplace Trainer (2017) and Cultural Competence Civility Trainer (2018). Dr. McCloud promotes education, life skills strategies, and career advancement and is called upon to provide professional development training workshops and she is a dynamic keynote speaker

Vanessa has received numerous awards for her work in the community and serves on several boards, such as the IUN Board of Directors, Horizon Bank Diversity Council, Indiana Plan Regional Board, Ivy Tech Board of Directors, and she is a Lifetime NAACP Member. She supports civic and charitable endeavors by serving on the Negro Council of Women, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, and serves as a choir member at Covenant United Church of Christ located in South Holland, IL. She and her husband Anthony have six children and twelve grandchildren.

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Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc.
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Gary, IN 46409
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(219) 887-0020  Fax
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