Nathan Kelly

Professional Expertise

Nathan is the firm’s first Managing Director. At Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate, he is responsible for the firm’s overall leadership, direction in the market and ensuring the highest quality client service.

Nathan joined CRESCO after senior public-sector positions in economic development, municipal planning and performance improvement. A respected and connected community leader, Nathan established a reputation as an effective and resourceful strategist and consensus builder. Nathan led more than $1B in several catalytic public-private transactions and numerous successful business retention, expansion and attraction deals throughout Northeast Ohio.

He was a critical player in the revitalization of Downtown Cleveland, leading redevelopment projects that included historic renovations of once-empty office buildings and the redevelopment of the Playhouse Square District. Kelly also led Cuyahoga County’s role in the 2016 RNC Convention in Cleveland.

Civic Engagement

• Destination Cleveland (convention and visitor’s bureau), Board Member, 2014 - Present
• The Cleveland Sight Center, Board Member, 2017 - Present
• Urban Land Institute, Cleveland Advisory Board, 2017 - Present
• Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2016 - Present
• The HELP Foundation, Board Member, 2004 - Present
• Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, Chairman and Board Member, 2011 - 2017
• Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Executive Committee and Board Member, 2009 -2017
• Cuyahoga County Landbank, Board Member, 2011 - 2014, 2018- Present

Notable Achievements

• Crain’s Cleveland Business “150 Names to Know in Northeast Ohio”
• Crain’s Cleveland Business “Forty Under Forty” Class of 2010


• DePaul University, Chicago, IL
• Georgetown University, Washington, DC

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