Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models.

Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models.

He is considered a national thought and practice leader at the intersections of public, private and philanthropic partnerships that accelerate job creation and increase economic outcomes in neighborhoods, cities, regions and countries.

Ray was a Sloan Fellow and a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as the University of Akron. He began his career at IBM and went on to co-found four startup technology companies.

He was a founding member of the National Venture Capital Association’s Diversity Task Force and currently serves as the Chair of the NVCA Alumni Council. He also serves on the boards of Invent Now—which educates 100,000 U.S. kids each summer in science, technology, engineering and math—and the Global Center for Health Innovation.