David's Story
David Fox founded Peace by Piece Cleveland in 2012 and currently serves as the organization’s executive director. Although the organization was founded in 2012, David’s passion for helping others and improving the lives of community members extends back beyond the organization’s establishment.

David was raised in Cleveland, Ohio by a single mother who worked as a chemical dependency counselor. Watching his mother, Jackie Fox, work tirelessly to raise him while also helping others through her work taught him the value of hard work, dedication, and service. His mother helped foster his own desire to help others, whether that means helping fellow community members get the services and resources they need or recognizing a community need and striving to alleviate that need. She taught him that through social work, you can uplift community members and, in turn, uplift the entire community.

David graduated from Lakewood High School in 2003 and went on to play Division 1 basketball at St. Bonaventure University. While there, he pursued a four-year degree in Sociology, recognizing it as the field best-suited to his interests. Following graduation, he played basketball professionally in Europe before returning home to the Cleveland area. In the years of his basketball career, he regularly worked at basketball camps for children, and some of them included working with children with disabilities. He found that the skills he needed to be a successful basketball player - hard work, determination, and resilience - applied perfectly within the field of social work. After the loss of his mother, he bounced around for a few years, but found a home and his true self when he started giving back to his community and helping underserved individuals. His mother served as a primary source of inspiration in these years, and he found a vocation in helping others and particularly in helping community members with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.

After founding Peace by Piece Cleveland in 2012, David has grown the organization from providing services to a single individual to providing services to over 40 individuals throughout the greater Cleveland community. The organization has grown to offer numerous services and therapies to community members, striving daily to provide the support, resources, and advocacy needed to make the lives of community members happier, healthier, and more fulfilling. In March of 2018, Peace by Piece Cleveland became a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, recognizing that this was the path that needed to be taken to continue growing and meeting the needs of the community members served.