Ohio Citizen Action is 80,000 members 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.
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
David Ashenhurst (Oberlin) Profile
Stephen Gabor (Cleveland) Article
Mary Johnson (Dayton) 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
Interim Executive Director: Rachael Belz, (513) 221-2100
Assistant Director; Paul Ryder, (216) 861-5200
Financial Director, Lynn Scheerhorn (216) 861-5200
Regional Canvass Director, Don Wolcott (336) 288-5485
Regional Field Canvass Director, Curt Moultine (517) 281-4716
Cincinnati Field Canvass Director; Colleen Potocki, (513) 221-2100
Cleveland Field Canvass Director; Eric Dwyre, (216) 861-5200
Phone Canvass Crew Manager; Kate Aylward, (216) 861-5200
Cleveland campaign organizer: Nathan Rutz, (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
Website assistant: Josh Biszantz, (216) 861-5200
Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors