Ron Clewer is COO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. In this role, he manages the strategic direction and core operating activities of the organization. He ensures the organization’s accountability to highest performance and achievement, and is be tasked with overseeing growth and outcomes and maintaining long-term sustainable operations and revenues.
Clewer also works to support the organization’s culture of teamwork and collaboration, professional development, and accountability, as well as removing barriers that stand in the way of accomplishing both team and organizational goals.
Before joining the Alliance in 2017, Clewer was CEO of Rockford Housing Authority (RHA). He was appointed CEO in 2012 and deputy executive director for development in 2010, and its CEO in 2012. He launched Bridge Rockford Alliance in 2011, a nonprofit community development corporation that provides pivotal community leadership to address the root causes of poverty and integrates human services and supports with housing. Bridge Rockford Alliance and RHA operate under a combined annual budget of $26 million and have grown to have $120 million in assets.
Under Clewer’s leadership, Bridge Rockford Alliance and Clewer’s team were highly visible and active in the Alliance. Bridge Rockford Alliance won the 2016 Commitments Award for Engaging All Voices, one of the Alliance’s Commitments of High-Impact Organizations. Clewer also delivered a deeply inspiring Snapshots presentation at the 2013 Alliance National Conference.
Clewer has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for topics such as fair housing, social determinants of health, green energy, healthy homes, affordable housing reform, and mobility programs. His work earned him the Mary K. Nenno Advocacy Award recognizing him for outstanding and innovative achievement in the area of legislative advocacy.
Clewer was instrumental in developing innovative partnerships and creative community-building initiatives at Bridge Rockford Alliance that focus on supportive housing and human services to improve the quality of life for residents. With a belief that health starts at home, he has redirected focus to the integration of housing with the social determinants of health to ensure that all residents have equitable opportunities and can lead their lives to their full potential.
He received his associate’s in business administration from Benedictine University and has completed the Alliance’s Executive Leadership Institute.