Cornell Wesley

Cornell was appointed by Mayor Randall L. Woodfin in 2021 as the Director of the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity (IEO) for the City of Birmingham, responsible for creating economic vitality through innovation and inclusive growth. Cornell previously served as the Economic Development Representative for Oklahoma and North Texas for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). Recently, Cornell was named a recipient of the Development Counselors International (DCI) 2023 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award.