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Bishara W. Addison Biography

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Representative Bishara W. Addison serves the people of House District 9

Bishara serves as the State Representative for House District 9. She assumed this role in May of 2022 when her predecessor stepped down to take on a new role in DC. Bishara was born and raised in Shaker Heights attending Shaker Heights High School where her father was one of the Assistant Principals. Prior to joining the Statehouse, her work focused on testing innovation solutions related to labor market participation. She served as the Director of Job Preparation for the Fund For Our Economic Future where she worked with regional and national partners to translate best practices into local pilot projects that build evidence in the field of workforce for systems change using a racial equity framework. She previously oversaw the policy and advocacy agenda for Towards Employment, a workforce organization serving adults with barriers to employment in Greater Cleveland. At Towards Employment, she specifically worked on policy that supported adults who had criminal records to reduce barriers for entering the labor market. During her time at Towards Employment Bishara was engaged in several statewide advocacy efforts to shape policies around collateral sanctions. She also had the privilege of serving as an Executive Fellow for CEO Eric Gordon in the Cleveland School District at a time when additional support was needed to take advantage of new flexibilities afforded by HB 525 passed in 2011.  Bishara continues to leverage that experience and her relationships to connect with decision makers regionally and nationally on the importance of provider and job candidate voice when designing policy and programming. She thinks of herself as an intrapreneur within the workforce ecosystem and is committed to pursuing policies and practices that support economic mobility for residents in NE Ohio. She earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2010 and a Masters in Policy Management from Georgetown University in 2020 through the National Urban Fellowship. In her free time, you might see her at a Cleveland Browns game, the Cleveland Museum of Art, listening to live jazz or enjoining the Cleveland Metroparks