Council Member Profile
President DeMaine Kitchen
DeMaine Kitchen brings both his legislative and administrative experiences to the office of President of Youngstown City Council. In 2008, Mr. Kitchen was elected as the 2nd Ward Councilperson and served on several Committees of council including Finance, General Improvements, Housing & Economic Development, and C.D.A. In 2011, he was appointed to the key position of the Mayor’s Chief of Staff.
While serving in the capacity of Councilperson, Mr. Kitchen was always driven by programming and services that would benefit the citizens of Youngstown. He supported a safety for senior’s initiative in which he collaborated with the local YouthBuild program to help install door clubs in the homes of senior citizens to help prevent home invasions, and he started the local NLC discount prescription drug program which allows Youngstown citizens to get discounts on prescription drugs at their local CVS pharmacy. He also championed the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (C.I.R.V.) program to help reduce violence in the City. While serving as President of Council, Mr. Kitchen plans to use his leadership skills to help expand the CIRV program and add a Fatherhood Initiative component to encourage men to play an active role in the lives of their children. The goal of this ambitious program will help improve students’ academic performance, stabilize our neighborhoods, reduce the incarceration rate, and create a generation of job-ready individuals. Mr. Kitchen will use the platform as President of Council to continue to bring about positive change to the City of Youngstown.
Mr. Kitchen is a graduate of Walsh University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. He is married to Leslie Kitchen and they have four beautiful children.