Columbus Women's Commission
Shelly Beiting, Executive Director
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Councilmember Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown was elected in November 2015 to her first term on Columbus City Council, which began January 1, 2016. Previously, Brown served as the manager of Downtown Economic Development, where she collaborated with local businesses to add jobs and encouraged new businesses to move to Columbus.
Brown has experience in nonprofit service, as a graduate of the City Year Americorps program. At City Year, she worked with middle school students to improve literacy and implement service-learning projects in public schools. She has a background in state, federal, and issue politics, as well as in journalism, having been published in New York Magazine, National Public Radio affiliate WOSU, and The Huffington Post.
Brown is on the board of The Center for Balanced Living, a mental health treatment center that specializes in eating disorders and was formerly on the board of the YWCA Columbus. She’s actively engaged in the Franklinton Development Association and the Downtown Residents Association.
Originally born in the Berwick neighborhood of Columbus, Brown was raised in Granville, Ohio. Brown is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English.