Mendez will provide leadership and project management support to ensure success of programs

The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) is recent announce that Leyden Mendez has joined the organization as Programs & Events Manager. 


A native New Yorker turned Clevelander, Mendez has more than five years of experience in donor relations and event management. Prior to joining OMSDC, Mendez spent her career with the Queens Botanical Garden and Make-A-Wish. Most recently, she was with Regina Health Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. 

"I am truly passionate about the OMSDC’s mission to support minority business development," Mendez said. "I believe the services that the OMSDC provides are essential and I am eager to offer my skills towards the realization of such a meaningful mission."

In her role, Mendez will provide leadership and project management support to ensure the success of OMSDC's programs and signature events throughout the region. Leyden will also lead the effort to raise funds for programs and events by managing OMSDC grant writing.

"We're excited to have Leyden join our team and bring valued experience to our Council," OMSDC President and CEO George R. Simms said. "Leyden's talent and experience in event management, as well as her passion for helping minority businesses succeed will have a tremendously positive impact on Ohio's Minority Business ecosystem."


Leyden earned a Bachelor's Degree in Latin American and Latino Studies from Queens College and is currently pursuing a Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Master’s degree at Cleveland State University.

About The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council 

The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing a direct link between Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and its Corporate Members. Founded in 1972, the Ohio MSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and assists Corporations in the development and maintenance of effective corporate supplier diversity programs. For more than 50 years, OMSDC has been a bridge between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. Every year, OMSDC's Corporate Members spend over $6 billion with MBEs certified by the Council. For more information about Ohio MSDC, please visit


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