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Justin's Story


Born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland, Justin has experienced many of the challenges we face as a city firsthand.


He grew up quickly when his parents got divorced at the age of four and learned how to navigate multiple worlds, moving between his Dad’s home and living with his mom and grandma.


His family struggled to make ends meet — forced to choose between paying rent and tuition, they moved into their Grandma’s home, always putting education first. 



When Justin’s mom finished school, she could barely read or write, but she turned her life around and was the first in their family to graduate from college - now she’s a social worker.


His late father was a Navy diver and served as one of the first African American first responders in Cleveland Heights, working as a firefighter and special police officer for over 30 years. He had a tireless work ethic, working a shift at the fire station, sleeping a few hours and then working another shift in the special police force, patrolling places like Beachwood mall, Cuyahoga Community College, and Cleveland Clinic.  

As the son of a social worker and first responder, he was raised to put others first, even when they were struggling themselves. 

young Justin Bibb with Mom

“My mom did what she   had to do to make sure   I had a shot at life.”


“When I was working for Obama in the U.S. Senate, he said to me, “Justin, you should aim to do something

…not just be anything.”  


He co-founded Hack Cleveland in 2014 following the death of Tamir Rice and most recently launched Cleveland Can’t Wait, a nonprofit focused on advancing racial equity and economic opportunity in underserved neighborhoods across the city.

Before becoming Mayor, Justin worked with public officials, business leaders and community organizations across the country as the Chief Strategy Officer of Urbanova, an innovative start-up that leads new initiatives to make cities safer, healthier and more resilient.

Justin is a proud son of Cleveland who has long advocated for change and reform in education, transit and criminal justice. In 2021, Justin launched a campaign for Mayor of Cleveland. His grassroots movement for change reached across the city, engaging voters around his message of Cleveland Can’t Wait. On Election Day, Justin was endorsed by residents as the right leader at the right time to move our city forward.    

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Justin was sworn in as the 58th elected Mayor of Cleveland in January, 2022. Mayor Bibb quickly assembled a team of visionary leaders at City Hall to tackle our city’s greatest challenges with fresh ideas and a new sense of urgency. 


From addressing public safety to revitalizing the city’s greatest assets and improving our basic city services, Mayor Bibb fights everyday to make our neighborhoods safer, communities healthier and the economy stronger.   

Let's build a movement for change!

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