For the past four decades, Dennis Lafferty has been on the front lines of Cleveland’s enduring transformation, driving nearly every step of the process. Crain’s Cleveland
Business named him one of Cleveland’s most influential people, and City Hall awarded him a Key to the City for his unparalleled service.
As vice president of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, he was instrumental in the real-estate and development initiatives that created the Gateway District, Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena. Since then, Dennis has been extensively involved in the development of the Breakthrough Schools, BVU, the Cuyahoga County Port Authority, the Huntington Convention Center, Leadership Cleveland, Destination Cleveland, the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, the Greater Cleveland Food bank, United Way, Laketran, the Republican National Convention and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he was granted a lifetime membership for his role in its development.
Dennis served as Cleveland office administrator of Jones Day, where he helped create one of the largest law firms in the world. The firm assumed a leadership role in Cleveland’s renaissance, paving the way for extensive redevelopment and a renewed commitment to public-private partnerships that reshaped the city. As principal of Regional Strategic Consulting, Dennis worked with The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Leadership Center, Karamu House, the Committee of Economic Inclusion of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.
Today, now with the Bernie Moreno Companies, Dennis continues to drive transformational change in Cleveland, including the setting of Blockland – a project aimed at making the city a national player in the growth and development of blockchain technology. Dennis earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Youngstown State University and performed graduate casework in urban studies at The University of Akron.