Meet Our Team of Experts | Strategy Solutions

The professional facilitators at Strategy Solutions are dedicated to creating healthier communities through helping organizations analyze, envision, transform, implement and evaluate various processes in order to achieve the desired goals. Our team has extensive experience in working with a wide variety of organizations in a plethora of different industries including, but not limited to, Nonprofits, Faith-Based, Privately Held Companies and Public Corporations. Click on the images below to learn more about each individual team member.

Jay  Breneman

Jay Breneman

Director, Community & Government Services
P: 814.480.8000

As Director of Community and Government Services, Jay Breneman is responsible for providing leadership, project and client management for planning, research, training, facilitation, organizational and program development projects for community, government, and selected nonprofit clients. Jay’s role includes municipal, community and economic development training programs, and helping organizations to advance their mission through public policy advocacy.

Jay brings a diverse set of experience and skills to SSI, including military, local government, community, and nonprofit expertise.

Spurred by the events of 9/11, Jay enlisted into the United States Army and rapidly advanced in rank, serving in senior communications and intelligence roles for more than six years, including a year in South Korea and two combat tours in Iraq.

Soon after his Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant (E-6), Jay earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work and Sociology from Mercyhurst University, having also received the prestigious Catherine T. McAuley Award for community service. One year later, Jay earned a graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University in Community and Social Development, and Jay has been busy giving back to the community ever since.

Over the past decade, Jay has launched innovative programs for returning veterans at two area universities, managed a growing community-based senior healthcare program, earned a national fellowship with The Mission Continues, served in leadership positions on numerous boards and committees, taught college-level coursework in sociology, co-authored an internationally peer-reviewed book chapter on human rights, and collaborated on successful policy efforts nationwide.

In 2013, Jay was elected by an overwhelming majority of citizens to serve on Erie County Council. During his tenure, Jay served as Chair of the Erie County Board of Elections, and the county’s legislative personnel and finance committees. In 2017, Jay completed his four-year term in office while serving as the Chairman of Erie County Council, having lead several major community initiatives and modernization efforts in local government.