TRACY MAXWELL HEARD, Executive Director

Tracy Maxwell Heard is the President and CEO of Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC, Inc.). MACC’s mission is to implement cultural competence concepts and tools into policies and programs across systems, organizations and businesses. MACC serves the state of Ohio as a non-profit leader identifying barriers and offering and implementing solutions to health care access, employment, and equity in all sectors. Heard is a visionary and is seizing this opportunity to take MACC into an unprecedented opportunity for growth in this challenging time of discord but also openness and consideration of a better way. Heard has already made strides and forged partnerships with political candidates, government agencies as well as the corporate sector.

In addition to non-profit organizations Heard reigns in Leadership in any arena.  She served the maximum eight years allowed in the Ohio House of Representative and was on the leadership team in all years eligible. She was the first female African American Majority Floor Leader, and also serves as Minority Whip exiting the legislature as the Minority Leader.

This is not Heard’s first engagement with the non-profit sector.  Heard has consistently served in a leadership capacity as Executive Director or Vice President with non-profit organizations.  She has increased agency funding by 50% (Dress for Success Columbus) in one year; took a newly established organization of four partnering organizations into one collaborative and from inception to her departure elevated them from $0 to over $3M in 4 years developing 14 programs in four areas of focus (Health, Safety, Economic Development and Housing) and served over 21,000 residents in central Columbus.  In partnership with the Columbus Police department, their Community On Patrol safety program reduced crime by 24% in their service area (Livingston Avenue Collaborative for Community Development/LACCD). Her impact from staff professional development to organizational streamlining to increased participant engagement has always been demonstrated.


As a legislative leader, Heard was at the forefront of budgetary negotiations of the House’s  $62, billion dollar biennial budget, served as President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, presided over the House Chairs Committee, Chaired the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee as well as the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee above and beyond her own committee service. She chaired Governor Strickland’s Construction Reform Advisory Committee with oversight on three statewide university projects totaling over $100 million dollars. In addition, she worked cross the aisle with Governor John Kasich on Medicaid Expansion and partnered with him to pass her sentencing reform legislation establishing Ohio as a leader in this area. Heard established “Girl Power,” an initiative to introduce, train and support women in civic engagement from issue advocacy to running for office.


Heard understands the constraints unnecessary regulations can put on business while also recognizing the increased revenue a state can generate by reliving restrictive collateral sanctions on returning citizens allowing them to re-establish their lives and become tax paying contributing citizens.


Heard was recognized as a National Afterschool Champion in Washington, DC for her work to secure $60 million dollars in the budget for programming and received an honorary distinguished doctorate of letters from Wilberforce University for her legislative contributions.


As a small business owner, Heard consulted on winning presidential races, mayoral, congressional and legislative races with all but two wins as well as a national NAACP pilot project responsible for increasing voter registration and turnout in low engagement areas -again producing numbers that often determine election wins or losses, and supported organizational development.


Heard’s experience in the corporate arena has followed her pattern throughout her adult life.  Starting as a Regional Manager with Time Warner (now Spectrum) she established their telemarketing department for two cities consistently increasing customer service ratings as well as customer viewing upgrades each quarter without fail. What is currently known as Pay-Per-View was launched out of her department to obvious success. Her upward mobility and leadership has manifested in every sector she has worked including auto manufacturing where she climbed from a card carrying UAW member to management in three months, to media where she quickly ascended from intern to news anchor in less than two months to politics where she entered as a regional consultant on a presidential race to becoming the Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives in less than eight years.


Heard’s board service covers over 30 years having led Women for Economic Leadership and Development (WELD) as their first national board chair serving two terms and seven total years.

She served on Social Ventures working to establish unrestricted funding revenue for non-profits as well as IMPACT Community Action and serving as Board Chair for the Summit County YWCA for two terms.  Heard is also a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and a life member of the NAACP.


Tracy Maxwell Heard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.

“You will never be successful with diversity and inclusion until you master cultural competence.”

Tracy Maxwell Heard




Jordan Bare currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. Through his role, he serves as an integral component of internal staff support by coordinating training requests, handling invoices, documentation of evaluations, and collecting data for program improvement.

Jordan graduated with an Associates degree in Business Management from Columbus State in the Spring of 2018. In the Spring of 2019, he will graduate with his Bachelors's degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship.


Janie E. Bailey, ACSW, LISW-S, LICDC-S, retired President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbus Area Integrated Health Services Inc. (aka Columbus Area, Inc) has a thirty-five-year history of clinical and management experiences in the social service field.  Ms. Bailey began her career in 1967 as a social worker in Philadelphia, Pa. working with foster children, their parents/families, and adoptive parents.  She is a graduate from Florida A&M University (FAMU) earning a B.A. degree in Sociology and a minor in social work.  She received her Masters Degree in 1972 from the University of Pennsylvania and continued honing her clinical and leadership skills through a variety of postgraduate training including Leadership Columbus.  She has taught on the college level as a visiting professor at both Central State University and The Ohio State University teaching undergraduates and graduate-level students respectively.

Since retirement, she is serving as a volunteer on multiple community non-profit social service organizations as well as several national civic and social organizations.  Janie and her husband are the proud parents of two adult sons and three wonderful grandchildren.


Board Chair

THE MACC BOARD - Not Pictured

Yvonne Jackson | Secretary | Personnel Committee Chair


Cynthia T. Scott | Finance Committee Chair


Bhuwan Pyrukel


Ron Betz


Maude Hill


Dr. J.S. Jindal

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