Gary Z. Lindgren


Cincinnati Business Committee

Chairman of the Board, Ohio Excels 

Gary Z. Lindgren has served as the President of the Cincinnati Business Committee since August 2007.  The CBC is a private organization comprised of the region’s top CEO’s whose mission is to improve economic development and education. In late 2012, the CBC helped launch the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee which includes CEO’s from nearly 100 mid-size Cincinnati companies. Lindgren serves in a similar capacity for CRBC.

In his role, Lindgren is responsible for organizing business leadership from CBC and CRBC to address critical issues facing the city and the region. During his tenure, the CBC has spearheaded efforts to accelerate an innovation economy in the Cincinnati region. The CBC’s Regional Innovation Task Force launched Cintrifuse – an organization charged with scaling the innovation ecosystem while increasing risk capital and the number of venture-worthy companies in the region.

The CBC and CRBC have also led major school reform initiatives including the regional launch of Teach for America and Accelerate Great Schools. After in-depth analyses of CPS’ financial situation and the value of preschool, the organizations worked with community stakeholders to pass Issue 44 – a new-money levy for Cincinnati Public Schools which also expanded preschool in public and private providers. Both organizations recently supported the creation of the Regional Economic Development Initiative Cincinnati (REDI) – a restructured organization charged with attracting, retaining and growing jobs in the region.

Lindgren formerly served as the chief of staff for U.S. Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and in a similar capacity for the House Small Business Committee (minority) when Chabot was the Ranking Member. Lindgren was named Chabot’s chief of staff in 1998 following a year as deputy chief of staff and three years as press secretary and legislative assistant.

Lindgren currently serves on a number of boards and committees that include the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, Cincinnati Museum Center, REDI Cincinnati, Cintrifuse, Cincinnati Preschool Promise, and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Lindgren is a graduate of Indiana University and Sycamore High School in Cincinnati.  Gary and his wife Susan have two children, Jack and Courtney.

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