Second Vice Chair
Debra Green is retired vice president, social responsibility and chief diversity officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio.
Until retirement in 2018, Debra Green served as Vice President of Social Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer at Medical Mutual of Ohio. She managed the development and execution of all community relations programs and oversaw the Company’s diversity and inclusion strategies.
Prior to being named Vice President in 2016, Ms. Green served as Director of Community Relations. Her ongoing duties included serving as the Company’s principal corporate representative in community affairs.
Ms. Green had a role in multiple efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. She was a member of the Company’s Executive Diversity Council and served for a time as Executive Sponsor of the Young Professionals Business Resource Group. For several years, she served as the Corporate Chair of the Walk, Rock & Run, which benefits The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. In 2016, she was honored by the Ohio Diversity Council with the Leadership of Excellence Award.
Ms. Green originally joined the Company in 1984, working in the Customer Service Department. After one year, she took a position in the Human Resources Department, where she became a Generalist in 1986.
In that position, she was responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring and providing support for employees on a wide variety of workplace issues. In 1999, she joined the Corporate Communications department as Senior Community Relations Specialist and within the year was promoted to Manager. She was Manager of Community Relations until she was promoted to Director in 2006. She held that position until 2011, when she left Medical Mutual to relocate.
Prior to rejoining Medical Mutual, Ms. Green served as Director, Community Outreach for the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute. In her role, she was responsible for the development and execution of outreach programs and activities; with focus on assisting the underserved community in all aspects of cancer care.
A Cleveland native, Ms. Green graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University.
As a survivor, Ms. Green is active in a variety of efforts in the fight against breast cancer. She has appeared on numerous local TV programs to discuss breast cancer. Ms. Green has also appeared in ads sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic to raise breast cancer awareness. She has been recognized for her activities by The Gathering Place and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The Debra A. Green Community Service Award, which was named in her honor, is presented each year at the Medical Mutual breast cancer awareness brunch to a local breast cancer awareness advocate for their contributions to the fight against breast cancer.
Ms. Green was also featured on Sara’s Circle, a program on WKYC-TV that recognizes women who make things happen; by seeing the possible and being a source of inspiration.
A graduate of the 2006 class of Bridge Builders, Ms. Green has been involved in several charitable and civic activities. She is currently a board member of The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. She previously served on boards of the Cleveland State University Foundation, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, The Gathering Place, Dress for Success Cleveland, League of Women Voters Education Fund, United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland and Recovery Resources. She is also an active member of the Western Reserve Chapter, The Links Incorporated.
In 2016, Ms. Green was named among Crain’s Women of Note, an annual award that goes to influential women who are leaders in their profession. In 2017, she was honored by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio as a Women of Distinction, an award which celebrates women who have distinguished themselves as outstanding members of their community through individual excellence and high levels of achievement. She was also honored by Boys Hope Girls Hope as a Pillar of Hope, which recognizes an individual or family who has selflessly and persistently created hope and possibility through generosity, leadership and service to others. In addition, she is a past recipient of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland’s Woman of Professional Excellence Award, and in 2017 was featured as one of Ohio’s phenomenal women in Phenomenal Woman Magazine.