Mario Clopton-Zymler

Board of Education, Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District

Mario will be the first out gay Black man elected to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board!


Mario is a charismatic and dedicated leader, music educator, and academic who combines his 
shared experience in education and in social justice advocacy to challenge power constructs 
and inform students, organizations, and society-at-large on best practices in anti-racism and 
equity. In 2020, he completed his coursework for Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Ohio University. His research focus includes educational equity policies and practices including the impact of school choice programs on the experiences of suburban school districts, and leadership structures in education. His past service to the community is themed around a dedication to improving the human experience. Mario is an Obama for America 2008 alumni having worked as a primary and general election field organizer across the country. In 2015, he was appointed to a four-year term on the Cleveland Community Police Commission, an advisory group created by consent decree that recommends policies centered around ending unconstitutional policing and improving community-police relations in Cleveland. 
Mario has crafted, moderated, and served as a panelist in workshops and seminars focused around LGBTQ+ Inclusivity, the Black experience in music education, how best to support trans students, as well as community-police relations, bias-free policing, and youth/police interactions. He currently resides in Cleveland Heights with his husband, Ryan, and their dog, Bowser. 

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