Steven Cleveland took the helm as Executive Director of the Florida Dream Center in July 2016. Prior to this Mr. Cleveland served the Florida Dream Center as the Director of the Adopt-a-Block program and an active board member for the organization.
During his time as the volunteer Adopt-a-Block Director, Steve successfully expanded through the entire unincorporated Lealman area, serving more than 21,000 residents. In addition to the Adopt-a-Block program, he lead the development of the Home for Homeless program that brings one more homeless family out of the cold and into a new opportunity. Mr. Cleveland has also served on the Lealman CRA board since January 2015 as he feels this is a better way to know the needs of the residents living in the Lealman area.
He has served as a member of the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Executive Board of Directors, as well as the boards of directors of Child Protection Education of America, Everyday Blessings and YES United of America and is involved with several fraternal organizations including the Eagles, Moose and AMVETS.
Steven has both General Contractor and Underground and Excavation licenses in the State of Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with a concentration in Hotel and Restaurant management. He was released from the US Marine Corps with an Honorable Medical Discharge. His experience with a variety of projects has increased his knowledge of project development and implementation strategies, a key skill vital to the successful growth of the programs under the Florida Dream Center.
Mr. Cleveland identifies his professional goal to serve and provide consistent professional values, of the highest levels and standards he represents. His personal mission is to act as an instrument of positive change in his family, his work and his community. He commits to utilize all of the talents that God has given him to help be a positive impact in his community. Stevenbelieves it is better to serve then be served. Through this focus he knows he will give more than he takes which will provide a positive role model for his family.
Steven is a lifetime resident of Tampa, FL. Currently residing in Indian Rocks Beach, he is married to his wife Teecee, with three children, Eric, Stevie and Subrina and two grandchildren. Steven has enjoyed a 30 year professional career in Construction Management with related experiences in Hotel, Restaurants, Water/Wastewater and Medical facilities.