Justin Gould

University Heights City Council, At-Large


Justin plans to introduce an LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance as a member of the city council


Justin is the son of a mother whose family arrived on the Mayflower; and a father who arrived over 350 years later from a small West African country to study in this land of opportunity. Justin received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, one of the most conservative universities in the nation, and actively celebrates and uplifts the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community as a member of LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland’s board of directors. He has over a decade of experience working collaboratively with law enforcement and first responders as a courtroom trial attorney representing the State of Ohio and government of the United States while prosecuting violations of local, state, and federal law. He also works as a member of the EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute board to find and implement lower-cost commonsense solutions to reducing crime and improving our communities by supporting citizens returning from incarceration.

A former law clerk and court-trained mediator, Justin has worked with his city’s administration to create a neighbor-to-neighbor mediation program to help facilitate difficult conversations and settle disputes before they escalate. He serves on the University Heights Fair Housing Commission and will focus on helping developers bring unique new housing that is accessible to a broader range of incomes to University Heights, and has committed to introduce—in his first year—a workplace nondiscrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender expression.

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