Mayor Kapszukiewicz Announces Key Leadership Appointments

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Mayor Kapszukiewicz announced two key leadership appointments to his administration during a press conference on Tuesday, January 23, in the Mayor’s office.

Headshot of Dr. Tiffany WhitmanHeadshot of April Welch

Dr. Tiffany Whitman has submitted her resignation to Toledo City Council and will join the administration as the Director of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her final council meeting will be Wednesday, January 31.

Previously the Director of Student Success Initiatives at the University of Toledo, Dr. Whitman brings extensive experience to this new role, including legislative accomplishments and a commitment to advancing access and inclusion. Her vision for the role of Chief Equity Officer includes a strong emphasis on equity-focused initiatives and leveraging her experience in higher education administration.

"This was not an easy decision to make. Serving in elected office in my hometown has been an honor. However, I am thrilled to join a special group of leaders who have worked in both the lawmaking and executive parts of local government. Most importantly, in my new role, I will still serve my community at the highest level,” Dr. Whitman said. “My commitment remains strong to make sure all Toledo residents, neighbors, and businesses not only do well but thrive."

As Chief Equity Officer, Dr. Whitman will focus on six key areas: Compliance & Investigations, Accessibility Services, Supplier Diversity, Business & Workforce Inclusion, Community Relations, and Mayoral Priorities. Dr. Whitman will officially start on Tuesday, February 6th, hitting the ground running to drive equity initiatives throughout the community."

Dr. Whitman brings an impressive educational background,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “With 15 years of experience in higher education administration, Dr. Whitman has consistently demonstrated her leadership in navigating complex political environments and executing large-scale projects to positively impact communities.”

April Welch has been appointed Deputy Director of Economic Development, where she will focus on small business development. Having served in key roles such as Director of Lending and Sales for ECDI, Executive Director for the Henry County Community Improvement Corporation, and Economic Development Director for the Village of Blissfield, her extensive background underscores her commitment and passion for helping entrepreneurs.

“We are thrilled to welcome April to our team and to fill a crucial position within the City,” Brandon Sehlhorst, Director of Economic Development, said. “With April’s expertise, we look forward to furthering our collaboration with partners to empower small businesses to start up and scale up their operations in the Glass City.”

Ms. Welch will play a pivotal role in executing the City’s small business development strategy, advocating for small businesses, fostering innovation, and creating opportunities for sustainable growth. Ms. Welch will officially start on Thursday, January 25th.

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said he is confident in his two recent appointments. Both leaders exhibit a steadfast commitment to public service and a track record of making profound and transformative impacts on our city.