My interest is in seeing us become a city that is known for social entrepreneurship. Most of my career has been focused on how we can leverage business for social good. From that experience I want to be able to encourage our city to become what I call, “the Silicon Valley of social entrepreneurship.” One of the things that’s most exciting about Columbus is the spirit of innovation. As a social entrepreneur, every week at least, I go to a place like Bottoms Up coffee, talking to two young ladies who have a strong passion for leveraging their business to impact society in a positive way. Specifically, for them, they’re interested in reducing the infant mortality rate in our city. That is the type of energy that I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.
I live on the southwest side, right off of Harrisburg Pike. There’s not really a name to our neighborhood. If you were to compare it with Chicago, we lived on the west side of Chicago, which was a very dense urban area. Where we live now almost feels like country compared to Chicago. We love it. I think one of the challenges we have on the southwest side, the Hilltop area is having access to viable options in terms of where we spend our money to eat, what we buy. There’s really not a lot of options. There’s a handful of fast food options, but in terms of substantive, local places to go hang out and relax and enjoy yourself, there’s not a lot of options.