Vic Cleveland

Manager of Supplier Diversity
CenterPoint Energy

Leviticous “Vic” Cleveland is the Manager of Supplier Diversity at, a Houston-based electric and natural gas utility company providing energy to over seven million customers across a six-state territory.

Vic champions the Supplier Diversity strategy at CenterPoint and actively supports business diversity councils & committees helping to grow the community of small, diverse-owned businesses that undergird our economy.

A native of Decatur, Mississippi, Vic moved to Baton Rouge to study Business at Louisiana State University.  He enrolled as a cadet in LSU’s Air Force ROTC program, earned a degree in Business, and was subsequently commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. He spent the next eleven years globe trotting across the US, South Korea, Germany and England, before concluding his military career in August of 2007 to begin his next chapter at Shell Oil Company.

Vic joined Shell’s contracting & procurement team and over the next eight years supported Shell’s Gulf Coast refineries and chemical plants.  In May of 2015, Vic joined Shell’s corporate team in Houston at Motiva Enterprises (formerly a Shell joint venture) as the Senior Category Manger for service contracts supporting Texas & Louisiana refineries, as well as logistics terminals along the East Coast. He began his current role at CenterPoint Energy in November of 2020.

Along the way, Vic’s educational and professional development pursuits have included, a Riordan Fellowship at UCLA’s Anderson School, a Master of Human  the University of Oklahoma, and a Certification in Supply Management via the Institute of Supply Management.  He is also a proud graduate of the US Air Force’s professional military education curriculum, which includes completion of Squadron Officer’s School, Air Command & Staff College and the Contingency War Planning Course.

Vic is a purposeful advocate for equitable inclusion of small & diverse businesses.  He is a board-member of the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council and committee member of various sub-committees at: the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, Indiana Energy Association’s supplier diversity committee, Edison Electric Institute’s Business Diversity committee and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Utility Advisory Board.  Additionally, Vic serves on the advisory board of the Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. In his spare time, Vic remains very active in community service initiatives and youth mentorship programs in his adopted hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.