Board of directors

Policy Matters Ohio has a talented board of directors made up of business, labor, non-profit, academic and community leaders from all over Ohio. Like our staff, the group includes a healthy mix of men and women, and includes innovative thinkers from black, white, Latino, Asian and multi-racial communities; click here to read board biographies. Also read A labor leader and a banker walk into a boardroom, a piece on Huffington Post about the Policy Matters board.

Harriet Applegate, board vice chair
Executive Secretary, North Shore AFL-CIO

David Bergholz

Ruth Clevenger, board chair

Susan Helper (on leave)
Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Chris Howell
Professor, Oberlin College

Yvonne Hunnicutt
Executive Director, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County

Bakari Kitwana
Author, Why White Kids Love Rap, The Hip Hop Generation and The Rap on Gangsta Rap

Kamla Lewis
Director of Neighborhood Revitalization, City of Shaker Heights

Renuka Mayadev, board secretary
Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio

David Megenhardt
Executive Secretary, United Labor Agency

Kirk Noden, board treasurer
Director, Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Jeff Rechenbach
Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus, Communications Workers of America

Pari Sabety
State, Provincial and Local Government Strategy Consulting, Accenture

Baldemar Velásquez
Founder and President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee

Former board members

William Burga              
Kevin Carter         
Mark Cassell, Ph.D
Michael Charney
John Corlett
Peg Gallagher
Joyce Goldstein
Lusanne Green
Blaine Griffin
Anne Hill
Marvin McMickle
Susannah Muskovitz
CJ Prentiss
Julian Rogers
Seth Rosen
John Ryan
Alvin Schorr
John Walker
Becky Williams
Warren Wolfson
George Zeller