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Carla Williams-Scott Appointed as the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods

[COLUMBUS-OH] Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced the appointment of Carla Williams-Scott as the director of the newly formed Department of Neighborhoods this afternoon at the Westgate Shelterhouse. 

“To lead this department, I needed someone who is well-known and respected in the various communities,” said Mayor Ginther. “I also needed someone who could share her thoughts and opinions. Carla is the perfect choice.”

Williams-Scott currently serves as the Assistant Director of Economic Development and Community Partnerships for Franklin County.  In her role, she manages the Board of Commissioners Community Partnership Grant program that provides support to local community-based organizations that serve county residents, as well as the People Works Workforce Development program which assists low-income county residents to obtain full-time living-wage jobs and career pathways leading out of poverty.

Columbus City Councilmember Shannon Hardin who chairs the Neighborhoods committee is in full agreement with the appointment.

“This department was created so that anyone, in any neighborhood can have easy access to the services the City provides,” said Councilmember Shannon Hardin.  “With her successes in working with the community, Director Williams-Scott will ensure that happens.”

“I have a passion for working with cross-cultural groups that empower individuals to have their voices heard so that they can advocate for themselves and others as well as groups that promote literacy, education and health and wellness,” said Williams-Scott. “This appointment allows me to do all of that. I am thrilled.” 

Prior to joining Franklin County Economic Development & Planning, she served as the Assistant Director for Franklin County Job & Family Services where she managed Publicly Funded Child Care, Workforce Development, Development Support Services and Quality Support Services for the agency.  

She is a graduate of Leadership Columbus and The United Way of Central Ohio Project Diversity Leadership programs. She has served on the board of the Kiaca Art Gallery, the Epilepsy Association of Central Ohio, and Friends of the Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library. She currently serves on the board of Community Research Partners.

Carla earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Communications from The Ohio State University.

The new Department of Neighborhoods will consolidate constituent services: Neighborhood Pride, Community Relations Commission, neighborhood liaisons and 311 customer service center. Williams-Scott will begin work with the City of Columbus in early July.