Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs Faculty and Staff

Levin Staff

Rob ZiolRob Ziol, MPA
Director, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management
Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University

Office Location: UR244
Phone: 216.687.3509 / Email:


A graduate of Ohio State University (BA) and Cleveland State University (MPA) Rob has been affiliated with the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs for the past 20 years. Rob has had various roles inside the College including: Graduate Assistant, Center Manager and Director of Student Internships & Mentoring. In his current role, he administers an extensive portfolio of programming including: professional development offerings, mentoring, internships, and applied research. Rob loves collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to identify experiential learning opportunities for the College and beyond. In addition to program management, Rob provides project advising, small group facilitation and strategic planning retreats for many public sector organizations across Northeast Ohio. Rob is proud to be the Director of the Certified Public Manager program for the State of Ohio. In addition, he is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium and currently fills the office of the treasurer. 

Prior to joining the University, Rob worked for over 10 years in the private sector in customer service and sales. He combines his experience in the private sector with his passion for public administration to help fulfill the College’s mission.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Building Strategic Alliances Among Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors
  • City Management
  • Community-University Partnerships
  • Focus Group Moderation and Analysis
  • Leadership Development
  • Public Management
  • Project Management and Advising