Ilene Shapiro is the first woman to serve as County Executive in Summit County’s 39 years as a charter county and she is the first woman in Ohio to assume the position of County Executive.
Since becoming County Executive in 2016, Ilene has been a champion of the County’s strong financial management practices and fiscal conservative nature. With fiscal responsibility in mind, Ilene has managed a number of innovative projects and initiatives that have positioned Summit County and its 31 municipalities to succeed.
Before becoming Summit County Executive, Ilene served as president of Summit County Council for 3 years and served a total of 10 years as a member of County Council.
In addition to her experience in Summit County government, Ilene has also been a leader in the private sector, serving as Senior Executive at FirstMerit Bank and Director of Strategic Alliances at the Summa Foundation. She has also been a small-business owner as the founder and operator of two businesses: A-1 Beauty Supply and Shapiro Consulting.
Ilene has been recognized for her community leadership and her many accomplishments, including the U.S. Small Business Administration Women In Business Advocate for Ohio, the ATHENA Award by ATHENA International and the Judith A. Resnick "Woman of the Year" Award for Inspiration by the Women’s History Project. In 2019, she was named a Crain’s Cleveland Business Woman of Note.