County Executive, Summit County, Ohio
County Executive Ilene Shapiro became the fifth Summit County Executive in August of 2016. She manages a budget of nearly a half billion dollars and nine departments. Executive Shapiro served on Summit County Council for nearly ten years, three of those as Council President and on on various committees during her tenure on Council, including serving as the Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee for seven years. Executive Shapiro currently serves on The University of Akron Research Foundation Board, the County Executives of America Board of Directors, the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization Board and is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body. Executive Shapiro is the Chair of the Summit County Transportation Improvement District and serves on the Summit County Information Technology Board, the Board of the Akron Community Foundation, the Conexus Workforce Development Board and NACo's Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee. She is an alumnus of both Leadership America and Leadership Akron. She is a past President of the Women's Network and is a founder of the Women's Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation and was formerly the Chair of the Summit County Green Task Force.
In recognition of her distinguished work, Executive Shapiro was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Women's Business Advocate for the State of Ohio and the Judith A. Resnick Woman of the Year Award for Inspiration. In 2007, she was recognized with a Women of Professional Excellence Award from Women's Network Inc. and in September 2008, Shapiro was honored as the 2008 Northeast Ohio Athena Award Recipient sponsored by ATHENA International and Inside Business Magazine. In 2011, the Akron Urban League awarded Ilene the distinction of being named as a Pioneer at their annual Pioneer and Protégé's recognition event. In 2015, she received the Harold Stubbs Award for Government.