Press Room

Welcome to the Policy Matters Ohio press room. If you have a media inquiry please contact us by email or call 216.361.9801. If you would like to have one of our staffers speak at your event, please fill out our speaker request form.

Newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, online news sources, and blogs mention our work or quote our staff more than 500 times a year. Selected media stories that cite our research, op-eds we’ve written, press releases about our research and eNewsletters are available through the Press Room menu.

In addition, community groups, advocacy organizations, funders, and others invite members of our staff to present findings from our research at more than 100 events each year. Download our two-page backgrounder on Policy Matters here.

Policy Matters Ohio staff, listed alphabetically below, are available for media interviews or speaking engagements on issue areas as listed. For bios, go to our staff page.

Hannah Halbert
Policy liaison and lead workforce researcher, 614.221.4505 (Columbus office)
Issue areas: Ohio employment trends, workforce policy, community benefit agreements and policies, wage theft, misclassification and the minimum wage

Amy Hanauer
Founding executive director, 216.361.9801
Issue areas: Work and wages, collective bargaining, tax and budget, energy, economic development, democracy, the role of government, public structures, the social contract and safety net, basic needs and services

Wendy Patton
Senior project director, state fiscal project, 614.221.4505 (Columbus office)
Issue areas: Budget and tax issues and their impact on local governments and economies, economic development (jobs and the economy), regional development and economics, anti-poaching strategies, privatization, public finance and infrastructure needs in the boom and bust of gas and oil drilling, public works jobs, clean energy job creation, the economics of climate change

Pam Rosado
Outreach coordinator, 216.361.9801
Issue areas: Democracy and government, voting rights, basic needs, workers’ rights, collective bargaining, economic justice, asset building/Cleveland Saves, Social Security/Medicare & Medicaid

Zach Schiller
Research director, 216.361.9801
Issue areas: Economic development, job growth, unemployment insurance, tax and budget policy, privatization

Shanelle Smith
Local director for Emerald Cities Cleveland, 216.361.9801
Issue areas: Sustainable communities, energy efficiency, pathways out of poverty, green jobs, coalition building

Piet van Lier
Communications director and education researcher, 216.361.9801
Issue areas: K-12 education policy, school-related state budget, charter schools, school vouchers, teacher training, school improvement, social media, communications

Kalitha Williams
Policy liaison, asset building, 614.221.4505 (Columbus office)
Issue areas: Consumer protection and asset building, Ohio CASH coalition

Amanda Woodrum
Researcher, 216.361.9801
Issue areas: Sustainable communities, environment, clean energy and energy efficiency, green jobs, public transit, Oberlin project, green pathways out of poverty, sustainable manufacturing, smart growth, basic family budgets, Ohio’s advanced energy fund