Grand Rapids Downtown Market Welcomes New Member to Board of Directors

Posted on January 9, 2017 by Downtown Market

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, the region’s choice for local food innovation, education and experimentation, today announced the addition of Brian Cloyd as a new member of the Board of Directors. Cloyd, a retired Steelcase executive, joins the Downtown Market’s board beginning this month.

“Brian brings deep knowledge and understanding of community relations and resource development to the Downtown Market Board of Directors,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market. “His long business history and successful track record of working with non-profits will help grow the market even further as well as develop key relationships.”

Brian Cloyd previously served as vice president of Global Corporate Relations and Chief Diversity Officer for Steelcase Inc, where he coordinated the company’s global efforts in the areas of diversity and inclusion, EEO/affirmative action, government relations and public policy, corporate relations, community giving and volunteer programs.

“The Downtown Market has become a key part of our local food and small business community in the last three years,” said Cloyd. “The Market team there is working hard to provide impactful education and resources to our community, and I’m proud to be a part of that effort moving forward.”

Brian joined Steelcase in 1978 as an employment representative, spending 38 years at the company in various roles, including Human Resources staff and leadership positions, as well as leading the human resource function for two Steelcase subsidiaries and the corporate HR function.

Cloyd has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master of arts in public administration, both from the University of Detroit. He is a founding board member of both the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) and Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy (UPREP).

About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants.

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