The CCC is comprised of an outstanding and diverse group of YPs; including business builders, community organizers, innovation leaders, artists, and civic activists spanning a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. Commissioners are nominated and appointed by their peers for renewable three-year terms. Collectively, members of the CCC spend more than 2000 volunteer hours every year advancing the work of the CCC.


Women and/or Minorities

Business Owners


Have Leadership Roles Outside the Commission

Executive Committee (2019)

  • Densil R. R. Porteous, II (Chair), Director of Marketing, Communications & Outreach, Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Stuart McIntyre (Vice Chair + Membership Chair), Community Organizer
  • Corey Favor (Secretary), Senior Graphic Designer, The Ohio State University
  • Aba Kifle (Treasure + Marketing Chair), Regional Training Manager, GoWireless /Verizon Premium Retailer


  • Jordan Davis, Director of Smart Cities Strategy and Collaboration, The Columbus Partnership
  • Alex Frommeyer, Founder/CEO, Beam Dental
  • Amelia Gandara, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Nationwide Ventures
  • Laura Jackson (Engagement Chair), IT Product Manager, Alliance Data Systems; Director of Columbus Product Club
  • Chenelle Jones, Lead Faculty for Criminal Justice Administration, Franklin University
  • Nicole Plant, Consumer Marketing Manager, Safelite Group
  • Maylin Sambois Sanchez (Grants Chair), Co-Founder, Femergy
  • Kyle Strickland, Senior Legal Analyst, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

Commission Members

  • Doug Arseneault (Development Co-Chair), Public Affairs Administrator, Central Ohio Transit
  • Habiba Bankston, Senior Community Relations Specialist, L Brands
  • Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, Director of Development, Equality Ohio
  • Mandi Caskey, Owner, Birdy Co as a muralist, painter and fine artist
  • Jay Clouse, Founder, Unreal Collective
  • Melissa Crum, Diversity Practitioner and Curriculum Developer at Mosaic Education Network
  • Andrew Dodson, Director of Marketing, MKSK
  • Tim Fulton, Partner, Horizon Two Labs
  • Nora Gerber, Community Relations Coordinator, City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods
  • Holly Gross, Vice President of Government Relations, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Usjid Hameed, CAIR-Columbus, Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Doug Joseph, Founder/President, Serif Creative
  • Louisa Lee, New Products Program Success Manager, CoverMyMed

Organizational Structure

Former Commissioners

Bryan Ashton, Assistant Director – Student Wellness Center, The Ohio State University
Lourdes Barroso de Padillia
Beth Berkemer
Robert Bickis, Jr., Real Estate Consultant/Broker,
Justin Bickle, Columbus 2020
Amy Bishop
Haley Boehning
Kacey Brankamp
Shawn Broadus, Partner, Suite78 Marketing & Advertising
Michael Brown, Experience Columbus
Benjamin Buckner, Account Executive, Radio One, Inc.
John Carney
Brian Cheek
Christina Christian, Program Manager, Startup Week @ Techstars
Kate Christobek
Joseph Clark III, Consultant, Nationwide Insurance
Ben Clarke, President & CEO, The Shipyard
Darci Congrove
Jessica Davis, College Relations Manager, Cardinal Health
Travis Dent
Joel Diaz
Yaves Ellis, Marketing Director, Radio One Columbus and President & CEO, Sling Shot Media Group LLC
Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Abdi Farah
Nicole Farrell
Matthew Goldstein, Executive Director, Besa
Derek Grosso
Virginia Nunes Gutierrez, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, AVANZA
Maurice Hall
Stefphanie Harper, Mayor’s Office
Shanda Harris
Kevin Hemmelgarn, Partner, Northstar Cafe
Chuck Hootman
Andy Hutter, Director Of Partnerships at Beam Dental
Regina Johnson
Brendan Kelley
Noel Klay
Josh Lapp, Co-Founder and Principal, Designing Local
Elizabeth Lessner
Ashley Lester
Mike McCann, Vice President of Programs and Partner Engagement, Rev1 Ventures
Steve Michalovich, General Manager, Wondersauce
Jon Myers
Kym Nelson
Correy Parks, Musician and Front of House, Idea Foundry
Ken Paul
Alison Pegg
Cinnamon Pelly
Robert Perryman, Associate, Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC
Karac Ruleau
Chris Rutter
Amy Schmittauer
Elissa Schneider
Greg Schultz
Erin Scott, Director of Strategic Initiatives, further.faster
Dan Sharpe, Columbus Foundation
Oyango Snell
Liz Sonnanstine
Mikey Sorboro, Owner, LNS Restaurant Group
Nicole Staples Walker, Director – External Affairs, AT&T
Heather Starck
Wolf Starr, Director, Connects Columbus @102.5 / President, Atlas Community Partners
Kelly Stevelt Kaser
Emily Swartzlander
Steve Swift, Business Manager, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Jacob Taylor, Co-Founder, CivitasNow
Long Tran
Mike Valo
Josué Vicente
Antone White
Kalitha Williams
TyKiah Wright
Lora Zotter Director, First Connect Programs with Rev1 Ventures