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Grace Gallucci is the Executive Director & CEO for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for greater Cleveland, responsible for transportation and environmental planning, as well as resource allocation in the five county region.


Ms. Gallucci has nearly 30 years of finance and planning experience in the field of transportation. Her prior posts include working for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority where she held the titles of Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the Finance and Performance Management functions, as well as those of the department of Research, Analysis and Policy Development. She also held the positions of Director, Office of Management & Budget and Director of Finance for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. She started her career in transportation as an analyst for the Office of Transportation, Broward County, Florida.


Ms. Gallucci has been an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, teaching courses in public finance, economics, public policy and transportation management. Ms. Gallucci holds a Master of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University, and both a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.


Ms. Gallucci has been the chair of the Northeast Ohio Sustainability Communities Consortium since 2013, receiving the Daniel Burnham Award for best comprehensive plan from the American Planning Association, its highest honor. Under her leadership at NOACA, the agency received the national award as best MPO in 2021 for Outstanding Overall Achievement from the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.


She is active in various professional organizations including serving as a member and past chair for the Ohio Association of Regional Councils. She has served on research panels for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science and has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary to serve on its Transportation Review Advisory Committee for Safety. She has received many honors including being named one of Crain’s Business “Women of Note” and “40 under 40”, and receiving the distinguished alumni award from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. Ms. Gallucci has also recently been listed in Cleveland Magazine's 2022 Cleveland Power 500 leaders.



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