FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Contact: Erin Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, (440) 382-2900
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN), a statewide coalition focused on advancing public policies that promote economic security for women and strengthen families, today announced Elizabeth Brown as its new part-time executive director. She joins Erin Ryan, the network’s current managing director, along with more than 25 network partner organizations.
“The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network organizations deliver every day for women and families in their communities, and I’m thrilled to join their efforts,” Brown said. “Policymakers in Ohio must understand that as they work to improve our economy, women are and always should be at the center of the conversation. Constituting nearly half of the workforce and making as much as 80 percent of household spending decisions, women’s economic security, workplace opportunities, and health can truly make or break our economy.”
Brown has a background in policymaking, economic development, and nonprofit service. She previously has served as an economic development manager to the City of Columbus, in leadership on Democratic political campaigns, as an aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, and as a City Year Americorps member in Philadelphia public schools. She has been published in New York Magazine and National Public Radio affiliate WOSU.
Currently, Brown is serving her first term on Columbus City Council, where a number of her legislative priorities have focused on strengthening women and families, including passing a first-of-its-kind paid family leave policy.
“The Women’s Public Policy Network has been at the forefront of legislative debates in our local communities, at the Ohio legislature, and on Capitol Hill to ensure that public policy reflects the true needs of women and their families,” said Ryan. “Given Elizabeth’s experience, leadership, and passion on these issues, she will be an invaluable addition to the network as we continue our work to advance policy change that breaks down barriers of inequality.”
The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) is a coalition unlike any other group in the state. Formed in 2015 and convened by Innovation Ohio Education Fund, the WPPN pulls together more than 25 key advocacy organizations focused on promoting policies that create economic security for women and strengthen Ohio families. More information about the coalition can be found online, at www.womenspublicpolicynetwork.org.