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Leonard DiCosimo Appointed and Karolyn Isenhart Reappointed to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees 

LAND Studio - Photo by Bob Perkoski

CLEVELAND (April 9, 2024) –Leonard DiCosimo was appointed, and Karolyn Isenhart was reappointed by County Executive Chris Ronayne and approved by County Council to serve on the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) Board of Trustees. 

CAC is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five members who serve rotating three-year terms without compensation.  All Board members are nominated by the Cuyahoga County Executive and confirmed by Cuyahoga County Council.  

Mr. DiCosimo is the Executive Secretary of the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, the organized voice for approximately 85,000 members in 150 local unions representing a wide variety of public and private sector workers. Previously, he served as the President of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4 AFM, representing professional musicians in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. He has directed choral ensembles, music directed stage productions, and taught a variety of conducting classes. 

Leonard brings new energy and new ideas to propel our agency forward,” said Jill M. Paulsen, executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “His track record of leadership in our arts community is invaluable, and we are excited to welcome him to the CAC Board of Trustees.”   

Ms. Isenhart has served on CAC’s Board since 2021 and is currently the Board Secretary. Ms. Isenhart is an Assistant Auctioneer with Rachel Davis Fine Arts and the President and Board Chair of the nonprofit Downtown Lakewood Arts Festival, Inc. She has previously served on a variety of Boards and organizations including Arts Collinwood, Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Committee; and as a volunteer and advisor for successful community initiatives and campaigns. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.  

“Karolyn has been a valued member of the CAC Board over the last three years,” said CAC Board President Nancy Mendez. “We appreciate her continued leadership and contributions to our nonprofit arts community.” 

Ms. Isenhart and Mr. DiCosimo have been appointed to three-year terms ending March 31, 2027. 

All CAC Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public. Learn more and view a schedule of upcoming meetings at 

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is a regional arts and cultural district and a political subdivision of the state.  Established by voters in 2006, CAC is the largest arts and culture funder in the region. To date CAC has made over 3,000 grants, totaling over $246M in tax dollars, to more than 485 organizations serving County residents. 



View Leonard DiCosimo’s bio and headshot here. 
View Karolyn Isenhart’s bio and headshot here 

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