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Huda Ahmed '07 and classmates formed the International Development Collaborative (IDC), a nonprofit designed to encourage and assist in the creation of entrepreneurial enterprises in developing countries.
Sally Bloomfield '69 is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler in the Energy & Public Utilities and Environmental practice group. She is a former Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and President of the Columbus Bar Association.
Igor Brin '10 is a Presidential Management Fellow serving a two-year appointment at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Space and Missile Systems. Igor was an active participant in the PLL and credits the program for providing him with outstanding leadership education.
Hon. Yvette McGee Brown '85 is a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, the first African American woman to serve on that court. Previously, she was the founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge. She has also served on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards.
Katie Clifford ’99 is a partner at the consulting firm of Shuster & Clifford, L.L.P. which focuses on preventative education law and specialized training for higher education and K-12 institutions. Clifford was elected to the Grandview Heights School Board in 2009. In addition to her partnership, Katie serves as hearing Officer for the Ohio Department of Education.
Jack Creighton '57 is the Strategic Director of Madrona Venture Group in Seattle, WA. From 1991 to 1996, he served as CEO and president of Weyerhaeuser. In 1998 he joined UAL (parent of United Airlines) as a director and served as its interim CEO and chairman. Creighton has been an active advisor and supporter of the PLL since its inception.
Hon. Robert Duncan '52 was the first African-American appointed to an Ohio federal court, by President Richard Nixon, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in 1974. It was in this position that Duncan wrote the landmark order ending segregation in the Columbus Public Schools. In 1985, Duncan became partner with the Columbus office of Jones Day. In 1992, he was appointed vice president and general counsel to The Ohio State University. He also served as secretary to the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
John Garland '74 currently serves as President of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Prior to this appointment, he was a professor and administrator at the University of the District of Columbia and the University of Virginia.
Hon. Jeffrey Hopkins '85 is a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge, having served on the bench since 1996. He was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in 2009 to serve on the Judicial Conference of the United States Judicial Branch Committee in Washington, D.C.
William Isaac '69 is currently chairman of Fifth Third Bank's Board of Directors and chairman of global financial services of LECG. Isaac headed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during the banking crisis of the 1980s, serving under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1978 through 1985. Isaac is involved extensively in thought leadership relating to the financial services industry and policy makers worldwide. He is the author of Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America (Wiley, 2010).
Liza Kessler '93 is partner-in-charge at the Columbus office of Jones Day. She also serves on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Wexner Center for the Arts and the OSU Medical Center.
Hon. Mary Jo Kilroy '80 represented Ohio's 15th District in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 111th Congress. She is a former two-term County Commissioner of Franklin County, Ohio, and former member of the Columbus School Board.
Eugene King '83 is the Director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center, a non-profit legal organization dedicated to using the law to fight poverty in Ohio.
John Lowe '98 is the CEO of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Lowe, a veteran of General Electric, was most recently counsel to its business and general aviation unit.
Carol Marx '79 was recently elected President-Elect of the Ohio State Bar Association, following years of leadership and involvement with the organization. Marx will assume the Presidency on July 1, 2011.
Matt Mayer '97 is the President of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Ohio's premier free market think tank. Previously Mayer served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to ODP, Mayer served as Governor Bill Owens' Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
Hon. Howard Metzenbaum '41 (1917–2008) served as a U.S. Senator for Ohio from the 1970s to the '90s and was known as a powerful senator who helped determine the fate of bills even while never serving as a committee chair or in a leadership post.
Erin Moriarty '77 is a reporter for CBS News 48 Hours. She previously served as a reporter in Columbus, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Chicago. Moriarty has received numerous television journalism awards, including nine national Emmy Awards.
Hon. Thomas Moyer '64 (1939-2010) served as the Ohio Supreme Court's Chief Justice until his untimely death in April, 2010. He had served on the Ohio bench since 1984, and was a member of the advisory board of the PLL.
Kathleen Ransier '74 is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease. Ransier served as past president of the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Currently she has served on the boards of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, Columbus Regional Airport Authority, The Women's Fund of Central Ohio, and the Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation.
Hon. Brian Sandoval '89 is the Governor of the state of Nevada. Sandoval was a former judge of the United States District Court for the State of Nevada. Prior to his service as a federal judge, he served as the Nevada Attorney General, the youngest chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and as a state legislator. Sandoval was also the first Hispanic candidate elected to statewide office in Nevada.
Hon. William Saxbe '48 (1916-2010) was the 70th U.S. Attorney General, serving under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Prior to that appointment, he was a U.S. Senator for Ohio, and also served as the U.S. Ambassador to India.
Henry Schuck '09 co-founded DiscoverOrg, a technology startup business that maintains a custom database of organizational charts from the information technology departments of Fortune 500 companies. The company has enjoyed a three-year growth of 1516% percent Inc. Magazine ranked DiscoverOrg No. 207 on the overall list of fastist growing companies, No. 14 within business services and products and No. 2 in the Portland Metro Area.
Matthew Shay '87 is President & CEO of the National Retail Federation. The NRF is the voice of retail worldwide; its global membership includes retailers of all sizes, as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad, and has been recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of the most powerful trade associations in D.C. Prior to this appointment, Matt served as the President & CEO of the International Franchise Association.
Hon. Zack Space '86 represented Ohio's 18th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2006-2010, where he served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Space is a board member of the Tuscarawas County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
Michael Stinziano '07 was recently elected to Ohio's 25th House District. Stinziano prepped for a political career with positions with the Ohio Supreme Court, the House Democratic Caucus and the Ohio secretary of state's office. He stepped in to the Franklin County Board of Elections as director in 2008 and ably led that bipartisan organization in its important work.
Robert "Buzz" Trafford '77 serves as the Managing Partner in the Columbus office of Porter, Wright. He has served as President of the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and Chair of the Board for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Lori Turner '06 is a staff attorney in the Institutionalized Persons Project at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU of Illinois. Lori spent her first two years at the ACLU as an Equal Justice Works fellow.
George Voinovich '61 served as a U.S. Senator representing Ohio from 1999 to 2010, following two terms as Governor of Ohio. Voinovich was mayor of Cleveland in the 1980s and contributed to the city's financial turnaround.