Selina Marie Pagán is a Latinx professional, born and raised in the city of Cleveland. Her parents migrated from Puerto Rico, moving from state to state until they settled down to start their own businesses on the near-west side of Cleveland in 2000. She graduated from Saint Martin de Porres high school in 2014.
Ms. Pagán started her career at the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development in 2014 while at the same time beginning her undergraduate studies at Cleveland State University. Ms. Pagán has led grassroot efforts in the Latino community of Northeast Ohio. She has coordinated networking events for Latinx entrepreneurs, convened local artists, and hosted a number of community events that range from cultural festivals to community street clean-ups. She was elected as the President of the Young Latino Network in the fall of 2017. She continues to fight for young Latinx professionals day to day and continues to work collaboratively with the many Latinx social serving agencies throughout northeast Ohio.
Selina was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine as one of the 2017 Twenty in Their 20’s. She joined the Newburgh Heights Community Improvement Corporation board of directors and the Alliance for the Great Lakes Young Professional Council in 2017. Ms. Pagán received recognition as a Northeast Ohio Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers in March 2018. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a double major in Urban Studies – Public Management and Economic Development in May 2018. In August of 2018, Ms. Pagán was recognized as the Madrina (“Godmother”) of the 2018 Puerto Rican Parade by the Hispanic Police Officers Association and the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center. She was also nominated by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and selected by the National Football League and Nationwide to be recognized and to receive a 2018 Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award on September 20th, 2018.
Ms. Pagan currently resides in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio and is working with the Metro West Community Development Organization as the Economic Development and Marketing Coordinator.