About Patti Choby

Patti Choby has spent the last two decades working with leaders and professionals from a wide variety of disciplines. During this time she has developed the Cobalt Group practice model that is widely known for its innovative, results-oriented approach to long-term, comprehensive planning and development.

She has served as project leader for long-term planning and development initiatives in the Cities of Cleveland, Willowick, Garfield Heights, and Ashtabula, Ohio and the City of Naples, Florida. She also has managed a variety of long-term public-private partnership initiatives that have involved representatives from government, universities, foundations, nonprofits and private business. While all of these projects have been comprehensive in scope, facilitation and stakeholder engagement services/processes are generally at the heart of the initiative.

Patti originally founded Cobalt Group in 1997, and under her leadership the firm has compiled a diverse portfolio of experiences with projects and people. These experiences include coordinating a 10-year, $200 million-dollar public-private partnership in the Broadway Corridor of the City of Cleveland; serving as a community/economic development consultant to the Cleveland Foundation in the areas of housing and development of economic indicators; and coordinating the design of an innovative leadership development program for the Mandel Foundation.

She has served as a Visiting Instructor at Case Western Reserve University where she received the “Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award” in May, 2006. Patti also serves as an Assistant (Part-time) Professor at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Urban Design, and has served as an adjunct faculty at Notre Dame College. Before starting Cobalt Group, Inc., she served as Program Director and Bicentennial Village Project Coordinator at Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation and Director of Communications and Marketing at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Patti’s involvement in the community includes being a member a member of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Women’s Health Advisory Board and Community Advisor to the Board for Cleveland Public Art. She also shares her time mentoring young professionals and leaders.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Social Science from Notre Dame College of Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  She is currently co-authoring a book on the practice of actionable leadership.


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