Mayor Kahlil Seren was sworn in as the first Mayor of Cleveland Heights on January 1, 2022. He is leading a large scale government transition due to be completed during his first term.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Mayor Seren is a graduate of Cleveland State University, with a Master of Science in Urban Studies from the Levin College.
Mayor Seren’s administration has focused on meaningful reforms around health and safety, sustainability, and economic development.
The Mayor’s service in Cleveland Heights began in the legislative branch. Before becoming executive, Mayor Seren lead on housing reforms, and government transparency, often introducing legislation he penned himself after engaging directly with residents.
For the past 15 years Mayor Seren has focused on government policy. His experience advising Cuyahoga County Council helped shape his collaborative approach and emphasis on strengthening the city’s regional connections.
Mayor Seren is a Leadership Cleveland participant, a Certified Economic Development Professional, and is currently earning his Certification in Public Management.
Mayor Seren believes that Cleveland Heights has a responsibility to lead on issues of sustainability, his 2023 budget includes funds for the city’s first electric cars and charging stations, a new sustainability coordinator position, and sets aside funds for a comprehensive multi-year sustainability plan that includes a long-awaited climate action plan for our city.
Coming out of the pandemic, the mayor recognizes that Cleveland Heights needs to celebrate together. Whether it’s raising the Progress Pride Flag at all city buildings last June, or collaborating with local cultural institutions on an immersive educational celebration during Black History Month, the mayor understands that Cleveland Heights’ inclusive values are worth celebrating.