About Councilmember Remy
Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy has served the residents of
Columbus on City Council since January 8, 2018. He is Chair of the
Administration, Environment, and Public Safety Committees.
During his tenure on Council, Emmanuel has worked to meet
and better understand the needs of each neighborhood in Columbus. Under his
direction, the City has created new programs to better serve residents,
reviewed and amended policies to foster more diversity in City staff hiring,
and ushered in a new Council Districting Map for the 2023 Election of Columbus
As Chair of the Environment Committee, Emmanuel created the
Cleaner Columbus Initiative in 2019, designed to promote educational
opportunities and public engagement to combat litter, promote recycling, and
stop illegal dumping with help from Scarlet the Litter Cardinal. In November
2020, the Cleaner Columbus Employment Program pilot using CARES Act funding
launched with great success. In just three weeks, this program temporarily
employed residents at $15 an hour to clean up litter in various neighborhoods.
In 2021 Councilmember Remy led the Cleaner Columbus Student Grant that gave
$500 to student organizations that cleaned up litter and continued the Cleaner
Columbus Employment Program. In 2022 Cleaner Columbus hosted a Community
Cleanup in April 2022 and launched a public service announcement campaign to
educate residents and visitors about the ramifications of littering. Emmanuel
is looking forward to continuing and growing this work into 2023 and beyond.
Outside of Emmanuel’s committee work, his office has a
strong passion for Welcoming and resettlement work in Columbus. In 2019
Columbus City Council and Emmanuel hosted the City’s first ever Naturalization
Ceremony in Council Chambers. In 2020 his office was awarded grant dollars
through Welcoming America to create a Resilient Rapid Response Initiative which
led to contracting with local partners to create and disseminate COVID-19 PSA
videos in multiple languages. Most recently Emmanuel helped create “Central
Ohio’s Plan for Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees” by partnering with US
Together, Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce, Welcoming America, and the
American Immigration Council through the Gateways for Growth (G4G) Initiative
grant. Columbus City Council and Central Ohio partners will continue to promote
and work on recommendations from the Welcoming Plan this year.
Emmanuel serves on the Greater Columbus Arts Council as a
Board Member for Columbus City Council and is heavily involved in the National
League of Cities, having served on numerous boards and task forces and
attending City Summits and Congressional Conferences annually.
Emmanuel works as a Realtor by trade, specializing in the
residential market to help buyers realize their dreams. Emmanuel is married to
his wife, Liz, who works as a teacher with Columbus City Schools and serves as
the Columbus Education Association (CEA) representative for her school. They
have three children enrolled in Columbus City Schools.
Prior to joining Council, Emmanuel spent 6 years as the
president of the Northland Community Council (NCC). With over 130,000 residents
covering 25 square miles of the city of Columbus, Northland represents a
diverse population that reflects the greater City as a whole.