Tom Cody, chairman of the Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees, has been named a 2013 Great Living Cincinnatian by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Cody guided Federated Department Stores through a complex bankruptcy in the late 1980s. He was instrumental in the company’s re-emergence as Macy’s, one of the nation’s leading department store chains. He retired from the company as vice chairman in 2010.
Making a difference for good is the basis of everything Cody does. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, are deeply involved in the community, with the aim of breaking the cycle of poverty through early intervention and education.
Cody joined the Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees in 1992, and was named chairman in 2008. Even while playing a major leadership role at one of the nation’s largest and most-respected pediatric medical centers, Cody’s civic involvement has extended to several other community initiatives.
In 2001, Cody and the late business entrepreneur Ross Love led the Cincinnati Community Action Now Commission (CAN) during a period of civil unrest in the city. They brought together numerous volunteers who worked on issues including healthcare, education, business, policing and the criminal justice system. Their efforts resulted in the launch of the Minority Business Accelerator, Success by Six and the Community Oriented Policing initiative.
In 2007, Cody chaired the city-wide United Way campaign, which provided the opportunity to further the work he started through CAN.
Other Great Living Cincinnatians associated with Cincinnati Children’s include Albert Sabin, MD; William Schubert, MD; Bea Lampkin, MD; and Lee Carter, trustee and former chairman.