Advisory Council

  • Alfred Akainyah: City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods
  • Kashi Adhikari: Vedic Welfare Society
  • Lesa Brugger: First Commonwealth Bank
  • 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
  • Ram Upreti: Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
  • 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