Meet the Speakers: What Women Really Want From Their Candidates

An America’s Civic Square Event

The Moderator:

Kristi Andrasik-HeadshotKristi Andrasik, Program Officer, The Cleveland Foundation

As a Program Officer of the Cleveland Foundation, Kristi helps a wide variety of nonprofit organizations assess their goals and navigate the community responsive grant application process. A licensed independent social worker supervisor, Kristi previously worked with Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Office of Family and Community Engagement and served multiple roles at Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center in Cleveland, including Associate Director. Since joining the Foundation in 2012, Kristi has worked closely with the LGBT community to mobilize resources and strengthen community infrastructures to prepare for the 2014 Gay Games and improve the well-being of Greater Cleveland’s LGBT residents. In 2015, Kristi became the inaugural recipient of the Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy. She currently serves on Philanthropy Ohio’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee.

Kristi earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in human development and family studies with a minor in sociology and additional studies in family life education and nonprofit management and development. She received a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and is currently concentrating in the area of urban policy development as a doctoral student at Cleveland State University.

The Panelists:

MargaretMitchell-HeadshotMargaret Mitchell, President & CEO, YWCA of Greater Cleveland

Margaret Mitchell is President & CEO of YWCA Greater Cleveland. Since 2011, she has made an impact by building her leadership team, completing a strategic plan and setting the agency on a new performance management course that delivers measurable proven outcomes. Prior to joining t he YWCA, Margaret was President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland for four years and Vice President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas for four years.


Susan Murnane-Headshot

Susan Murnane, Co-President, League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

Susan Murnane joined the LWV in 2012.  She has served on the board of the LWV of Greater Cleveland since 2014 and she was elected co-president of the LWV of Greater Cleveland in May 2016.  She also served on the LWV US national committee in Money in Politics from 2014 to 2016.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Murnane has lived in Cleveland for more than 20 years.  She graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, MN in 1972 and the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1977. She practiced law with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Criminal Section from 1978 to 1985, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit from 1985 to 1990, and in private practice.  She left the active practice of law in 1996 to study American History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and received her PhD in 2006.  She is the author of Bankruptcy in an Industrial Society: A History of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Akron: University of Akron Press, 2014).

Susan Murnane is married and has two adult children.


Daniel Ortiz, Outreach Coordinator, Policy Matters Ohio

Daniel joined Policy Matters in 2016 with a background in organizing, campaign strategy and education. Daniel is originally from Lorain, Ohio, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Latin American studies from Oberlin College. He combines a passionate commitment to social movements with a pragmatic approach toward what can be accomplished. Daniel has spent the better part of the past 11 years between the back of a campaign office and the front of a classroom. He has built relationships by working across industries throughout the Midwest and the South.