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Michael Copeland

Chief of Staff

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Maya Angelou

Michael Copeland joined the MyCom Team in March 2023 as the Chief of Staff and is no stranger to education, children in need, or Greater Cleveland.

Michael’s passion for education and children started early as he watched his paternal grandparents open their hearts and home to dozens of foster children while he was growing up. The impact of their commitment to helping foster children inspired Michael to make a difference in the lives and education of children, especially those most vulnerable in the community.

Michael was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to Terrence and Margot James Copeland. After graduating from Shaker Heights High School in 2006, Michael went on to study at Central State University and graduated in 2011 Magna Cum Laude with a Degree in Education.

After graduation, Michael moved to Nashville, Tennessee, teaching in both public and charter schools in some of the most economically challenged communities. While teaching, he began to recognize a need for wraparound services for students and families to enable his students and their families to succeed. Using his gifts of organizing and collaboration-building, Michael successfully began implementing wraparound services in Nashville.

After marrying his wife, Dr. Joi Stallworth Copeland in Nashville, Michael and Joi moved back to Cleveland, Ohio in 2016.

Continuing his passion for helping the most vulnerable of children and families, Michael served as the Wraparound Resource Site Coordinator at Mound STEM K-8 school of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in the Slavic Village neighborhood. After successfully providing resources and support to students and their families by removing academic and socio-emotional barriers to learning, he continued his focus of improving the lives and education of children in need in Lake County.

As the Regional Director in Lake County, Michael oversaw multiple childcare facilities across the Mentor and Painesville regions.

Michael has carried his passion to improve the lives and education of children in his community service work. He is a 10-year Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. member of the Kappa Zeta Lambda Chapter with countless roles of leadership and mentorship. He is a Board Director for Family Connections, a reading and literacy company serving young scholars. He also serves as a mentor and member of 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland.

In his “spare” time, Michael is also the host of “The Michael Copeland Education Hour” which airs on radio every first Saturday of the Month on 1490AM. Michael’s show is in its 4th year with a circulation of over 100,000 listeners across the country. The show can also be streamed at www.newstalkcleveland.com.

Michael resides in Greater Cleveland with his wife, Joi, their daughter, Michell Joi Copeland. They are members of the South Euclid United Church of Christ and Michael volunteers on the Youth Crossroads Ministry. Michael’s faith is a priority in his life, and he hosts a men’s prayer group every Sunday to support and encourage the power of prayer in others.


  • “MyCom Youth Development Initiative aims to engage via education, such amazing out-of-school opportunities as they recognize that youth who are bullied are more likely to feel disconnected from school."
    Curtis Benjamin
  • "MyCom has extended hundreds of youth exceptional opportunities to grow, expand their knowledge and express their voice in so many ways. I can honestly say that the youth are not the only ones who are learning, growing and having wonderful exposure opportunities. This adult is a beneficiary of countless blessing as well."
    Brenda Pryor
    MyCom Coordinator
  • "It was amazing, and really made me think of my community more, and how I can change it"
    Brandan Newton
    Anton Grdina FLOW Participant

MyCom will enact our mission with race and equality at the forefront of our work as we always have. We will use our thought-leadership, funding, advocacy, and network to redesign service delivery. Together we will rethink infrastructure and create solutions that eliminate access to healthcare, cyclical poverty, access to quality education, housing stability, and other barriers that have impacted black lives.

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