Source Lunch with … Kevin Clayton, vice president of diversity, inclusion and community engagement, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Kevin Clayton’s career has come full circle.

A former basketball player at Shaker Heights High School, Clayton has lived in California, New York, Georgia, Michigan and Florida. He started his career with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, and has had prominent roles with the likes of Bon Secours Mercy Health, the United States Tennis Association and Russell Corp. He also had a successful consulting firm.

Clayton wasn’t planning on returning to Northeast Ohio, but when the Cavs offered him a newly created position that called for someone to lead diversity and inclusion initiatives for all of the organization’s properties, the former Wilmington College hoops standout found the opportunity too intriguing to bypass.

“This, for me, is my dream job at kind of the latter stages of my career,” said Clayton, whose hiring was announced in early April. “I’m as happy as I could be to be back in Cleveland to leverage all the assets that our organization has to help a community that I grew up in.”

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