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The Team

Public Square is a park in the heart of Cleveland that's inviting and flexible.

Our carefully assembled team brings together experts in programming, entertainment, digital communication and operations to program and operate Public Square.

Sanaa Julien, Chief Executive Officer 

Sanaa Julien is the CEO of the Group Plan Commission, leading the programming, maintenance and operations of Cleveland Public Square since March of 2016. 

 

Julien's career includes 18 years in broadcast programming and marketing at premier radio and television stations in the Cleveland market, 10 years and 11 seasons leading the marketing and entertainment programming for the Cleveland Indians, most recently as Senior Director, and three years as Chief Marketing Officer for Cleveland Metroparks.

Julien is an award-winning producer, writer, director, and programmer having won numerous awards for best in-stadium/in arena entertainment from the National Sports Forum, Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year from Sales and Marketing Executives, 3 regional Emmy Awards and 11 Marcom International Marketing Awards.

Rick Grospitch, General Manager

Rick Grospitch has worked for 30 years in special event services, combining dining, administrative, and planning expertise to create consistently successful high-profile programs across the Cleveland region. 

 

His event career began as a District Manager for AVI Foodsystems overseeing multiple large-scale accounts with responsibility for extensive corporate catering and special events, then for 20 years as Director of Conferencing at Cleveland State University.

 

Under his direction, but with the help of a great team, CSU built a conference department that successfully hosted multiple national and international events. A few career highlights included the International Biomechanics Conference, Gay Games, Senior and Children’s Olympics Games, and the NCAA Women’s Final Four. 

 

The department extended the University’s national political programming influence to include a visit by the United Nation’s Attorney General, the 2008 Democratic Debates, in addition to all levels of government programs including multiple U.S. presidential visits.

Colleen Kelly, Director of Development

Colleen joined The Group Plan Commission in August 2021 after ten years of fundraising for arts organizations including The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, moCa Cleveland, and The Cleveland Orchestra. She has broad experience rooted in creating individual giving programs, grant writing, board relationships, event planning, organizing donor travel, and articulating an organization’s mission and vision.

 

In her role as Director of Development, Colleen oversees all aspects of The Group Plan Commission’s fundraising program, from research and proposal development to engagement, recognition, and stewardship. She loves to cultivate relationships with other people who love Cleveland and are committed to participating in the city’s success.

 

Colleen earned a BA at Kenyon College, an MA at Case Western Reserve University, and completed the Management Fellow Program with Chicago’s Development Leadership Consortium. She lives in Cleveland Heights, is an avid runner, and programs a weekly radio show on WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland.

Katherine Boyd, Digital Marketing Director

 

Katherine Boyd is an Emmy-winning reporter and TV host who spent much of her career covering the news in Cleveland.

 

She started at WEWS-TV where she was quickly promoted to morning news anchor.

After that, Katherine worked as a reporter at WKYC-TV and then morning co-host at Q104-FM.

 

That eventually lead to an offer from SiriusXM to host a nationwide classic rock radio show from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

During the pandemic, Katherine was forced to switch from broadcasting live from the Rock Hall to broadcasting from her daughter's closet. It got a little cramped.

 

In May of 2022, Katherine decided it was time to give back to the city she loves and joined the Group Plan Commission as Director of Digital Marketing to promote Cleveland Public Square.

 

Now Katherine loves being out in Public Square, enjoying the sunshine, blue skies and smiling faces of the people of Cleveland.

 

A Clevelander through and through, Katherine was named one of Cleveland's Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine, a Titan of Style by Currents, and created a video that won her the honor of enjoying The First Pour of Great Lakes Christmas Ale in 2011.

Besides enjoying Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Katherine loves gardening, Jazzercise, and running 5K races--including the A Christmas Story Run, which starts in Public Square.

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Connected

Join the Public Square community and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram at @CLEPublicSquare

 

Stay informed about happenings on Public Square and share your ideas, photos, input and thoughts on how we can make your Public Square experience better. 

PHONE:  216-503-8103
HOURS:  Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM

Public Square is host to hundreds of events that happen year-round.

Contact our events team today to learn more about how you can book any type of event. 

Public Square is Downtown Cleveland's premier outdoor space offering state of the art utilities.

Get help with driving directions, parking locations, or public transit options for Downtown Cleveland. 

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