About Us

Who We Are

Surprising partnerships bring dramatic results.

Elevate Northland is a Community Development Corporation that brings together groups working on business development, public health, poverty and building community bonds.


Elevate Northland promotes sustainable social and economic development in the Northland area of Columbus with a destination community hub anchored by locally owned multicultural businesses.


Alice Foeller


Specialty: Business

Alicia Ward


Specialty: Community/Civic

Jenny Leal


Specialty: Nonprofit/Public Health

Our Board of Directors

  • Alicia Ward, Chair & Co-Founder
    • President, Northland Community Council
  • Alice Foeller, Treasurer & Co-Founder
    • President, Northland Area Business Association
  • Jenny Leal, Secretary & Co-Founder
    • Chair, Northland Alliance
  • Lesa Brugger
    • Consumer Direct Mortgage Loan Originator, First Commonwealth Bank
    • Minerva Park Civic Association
  • Marci Hasty
    • District Executive Director, North YMCA
  • Mary Lutz
    • Director, Columbus Center, Ashland University

Our Advisory Council

  • Alfred Akainyah: City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods
  • Ram Upreti: Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
  • Kashi Adhikari: Vedic Welfare Society
  • Cynthia Engmann: Ghana Council
  • Pat Hammel: Retired organizer and fundraiser
  • Brian Kerr: Northland Performing Arts Center
  • Darla King: King Business Interiors
  • David Leland: State Representative
  • Chuck Lynd: Simply Living

    I live in Blendon Estates now. Formerly I lived in Clinton Estates and I served on the Northland Development Council. I have been involved for several years in a coalition that advocates for local economic development and the benefits of locally owned businesses. I serve on the board of the Ohio Sustainable Business Council. I am a retired educator and have a passion for environmental education.


  • Hodan Mohammed: Our Helpers
  • Inna Simakovsky: Simakovsky Law
  • Satch Sullinger: Columbus Parks & Recreation Department
  • Mark Swepston: Atlas Butler
  • Pat Tiberi: Former US Congressman & President & CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable
  • Michelle Wilson: Experience Columbus

    Michelle Wilson serves as the Director of Visitor Experience at Experience Columbus. This role oversees the management of the Certified Tourism Ambassador program, a national certification program dedicated to enhancing the overall visitor experience; and the EDD (Experience Dedicated Destination) program which is a survey-based tool that provides visitor feedback on various sectors of our city. Previously, Michelle served as the Executive Director of the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership serving the communities of Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington.

  • Rick Harrison Wolfe: North Market

Our Team

Lauren Muchewicz

Business Academy Coordinator

Nadlin Antwi

Community Outreach Worker

Three Groups Working Together

Northland Community Council

The NCC is a quasi-governmental group supporting civic life in Northland by bringing together the combined influence of civic associations in each neighborhood as well as other area organizations. The NCC serves in the role of an area commission for Northland, as well, with a Development Committee that hears zoning cases and recommends for or against to the Columbus City Council.

Northland Alliance

The Northland Alliance is a nonprofit community organization. Its mission is to create opportunities to effect positive change for organizations, associations, residents and anyone associated with the Northland area of Columbus, Ohio.

Northland Area Business Association

NABA is a nonprofit corporation formed to promote the interests of Northland Area business owners, managers and property owners; and to promote responsible revitalization of the Greater Northland Trade Area.