Ohio Citizen Action is people like you who have joined together to prevent pollution. Non-profit and non-partisan, Ohio Citizen Action was founded in 1975.

Ohio Citizen Action practices door-to-door democracy across the state. We combine original, news-making research and an extraordinary ability to stay in touch with members door-to-door and on the phone. Citizen Action members make the most of whatever time they can spare: signing petitions, writing letters, making phone calls, talking to neighbors, posting yard signs, or speaking out at community meetings.

In the past fifteen years, Ohio Citizen Action has developed the ‘good neighbor campaign,’ which uses the power of community organizing to convince major industries to prevent pollution at their facilities. These campaigns have won changes far beyond what federal or state regulations would require at Eramet (Marietta), AK Steel (Middletown), Sunoco Refinery (Toledo), Brush Wellman (Elmore), Lanxess Plastics (Cincinnati), and many others.

That’s how Citizen Action uses strength in numbers to get results.

Year in review: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008-2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1975 – 1998

Since 1995, Ohio Citizen Action has presented the Howard M. Metzenbaum Award to an Ohioan who best reflects Senator Metzenbaum’s example of principled tenacity.

Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors

Ann Knotek (Cleveland) Profile

Thomas Gregory Ferguson (Columbus) Profile

Laura Rench (New Lebanon) Secretary/Treasurer, Profile

Nancy Sullivan (Cincinnati) Profile

Anne Wise, M.D. President (Cleveland) Profile

Barbara Wood (Columbus) Profile

Ohio Citizen Action Senior Staff

Executive Director, Rachael Belz (513) 221-2100

Financial Director, Lynn Scheerhorn (216) 861-5200

Regional Canvass Director, Don Wolcott (336) 288-5485

Regional Field Canvass Director, Curt Moultine (517) 281-4716

Phone Canvass Director, Stephen Gabor (216) 861-5200

Cincinnati Field Canvass Director, Hali Greene (513) 221-2100

Cleveland Field Canvass Director, Jessica Smith-Szabo (216) 861-5200

Development Director, Melissa English (513) 221-2100

Digital Communications Director, Angela Oster (216) 861-5200

Database Manager, Chris Young (216) 861-5200

Membership Development Coordinator, Mark Biszantz (216) 861-5200

Cincinnati Office Manager, Jen Mendoza (513) 221-2108

Cleveland Office Manager, Deidre Parker (216) 623-3956

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors

Willa Bronston (Dayton) Profile

Matthew Currie (Bellbrook) Profile

Dick Wittberg President (Marietta) Profile

Heather Zoller (Cincinnati) Profile


The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund, formerly the Citizens Policy Center, is the non-profit education and research affiliate of Ohio Citizen Action. Its Executive Director is Melissa English.

The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund is a member of
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