Robert L. Bell
Director, Economic Inclusion

Robert L. Bell - Director, Economic Inclusion

In January 2018, Robert Bell was appointed by County Commissioners as Director of Economic Inclusion for Hamilton County, Ohio. His initiative called BOLD - "Building Opportunities by Leveraging Diversity" is being implemented County-wide to ensure inclusion and diversity becomes a priority in county operations (hiring and staffing) as well as in county procurement and purchasing practices.

Robert brings significant inclusion experience to Hamilton County. He headed the HUD mandated Section 3 Jobs and Economic Inclusion Programs for the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) for over seven years.

He brings additional experience in program management, service effectiveness, economic development, teaching and training, and contract compliance from previous positions at Beech Acres, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. Robert was named the "Economic Inclusion Advocate of the Year" in 2016 at the Midwest Regional Environmental Sustainability Summit. In early 2017, he received a National "Merit Award" for helping residents lift themselves out of poverty through the National Sherwin Williams Painter Training Program; and later that year, his "Building for the Future" program was nominated as a "National Best Practice" by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was awarded the "National Award of Excellence" by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for his success in helping minority and women-owned businesses grow and prosper.

Robert has an MBA from Xavier University and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Edgecliff College.

Very active in the community over the past 20 years, Robert has volunteered his services in strategic planning, continuous improvement, workforce development and board leadership training with many non-profits and other public institutions throughout Greater Cincinnati.