Mayor Ginther Appoints Jason Jenkins Executive Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Mayor Ginther has appointed
Jason Jenkins to serve as the city’s Chief Diversity Officer and Executive
Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, effective immediately.
Jenkins has been serving as interim executive director since November following
the departure of Damita Brown.
“Jason possesses a
collaborative spirit and an unmatched ability to get things done,” said Mayor
Andrew J. Ginther. “His depth of experience in community engagement will serve
the Office of Diversity and Inclusion – and this city – well. I look forward to
his work leading the way for minority- and women-owned businesses and bringing
my Opportunity Rising equity agenda to full fruition.”
Jenkins spent almost six
years in the Mayor’s Office as Director of Community Affairs. Prior experience
includes work at The Ohio State University in advancement and Big Brothers/Big
Sisters of Central Ohio in engagement. In 2021, Jason was named one of Business
First’s 40 Under 40. He is also a graduate of the African American Leadership
Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of
Arts in Sociology, both from Otterbein University.
“I am humbled to be given
this opportunity by Mayor Ginther,” said Jenkins. “As a kid growing up in
Linden, I couldn’t imagine this future. I am committed to the residents of
Columbus and dedicated to helping create a city that is diverse and inclusive.”