Alison Goebel, PHD
Alison Goebel is Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC). She has been with GOPC since 2010 and has held a number of positions within the organization during that time. Today, Goebel is responsible for charting GOPC's strategic direction, directing the research, advocacy, and outreach teams, and securing resources for this work. She is the author of a number of research reports and policy briefs related to the revitalization of weak-market, legacy cities, transportation funding, and local governance structures in Ohio. From 2005 to 2009, Goebel periodically lived in Mansfield, Ohio where she conducted long-term qualitative research on social relationships in a small city setting. Goebel is a graduate of Leadership Ohio and was elected by her class for the 2014 "Leader Among Leaders" award. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and received her B.A. from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).
As Project Manager at Greater Ohio Policy Center, Aaron assists the organization in advancing and championing a statewide agenda of revitalization and economic prosperity through the management of GOPC’s campaign for brownfields state remediation funding. Aaron also assists in coalition building through his work at GOPC.
Aaron earned his Master’s in Public Policy and Administration degree from Northwestern University in 2017. Prior to his time in Chicago, Aaron graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a degree in Public Affairs from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Throughout Aaron’s academic and professional experiences, Aaron has worked on numerous policy issues – most recently, through policy work within the human services sector.
As Research Associate for the Greater Ohio Policy Center, John supports the Greater Ohio staff on a variety of research projects through both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Additionally, John assists with strategic communication, website management, and publication production.
John is an Ohio native, born and raised in Toledo. John is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in City and Regional Planning. During his time at Ohio State, John took on leadership roles in several student organizations, including the College Democrats. In addition to his formal education, John has pursued an interest in programming and has developed his skills in several programming languages such as Python.
John hopes to continue pursuing his passion for sensible public policy that supports sustainable economic development.
Alex Highley, MPA
As Project Coordinator for the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Alex works with local, state, and national partners to develop and implement research projects. He is also responsible for planning events and webinars, as well as co-managing GOPC’s external communications. Since joining GOPC in 2015, Alex’s research work has focused on multimodal transportation policies in Ohio.
Alex is a graduate of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree in August 2015 and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Spanish in May 2013. At the Glenn College, Alex served as Treasurer of the Public Affairs Student Association and as Student Representative of the Graduate Studies Committee. As a student, Alex worked on local and national initiatives seeking to develop solutions for people experiencing homelessness while interning with Barbara Poppe and Associates, LLC. Prior to the 2014 statewide elections, Alex interned with the John Patrick Carney campaign for Ohio Auditor of State.
Torey Hollingsworth, MCRP
Manager of Research and Policy
In her role as Manager of Research and Policy with the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Torey manages and carries out research projects, contributes to policy development, and works with partners statewide. Since joining GOPC in 2015, Torey’s work has focused particularly on understanding and supporting opportunities for revitalization in Ohio’s smaller legacy cities.
Prior joining GOPC, Torey served as Senior Regional Organizer at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington, DC. In that role, she worked to build and strengthen local coalitions throughout the Midwest focused on promoting community reinvestment and strong neighborhoods. Torey joined NCRC after working as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC's Ward 7 for Greater DC Cares. She received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Accounting & Office Manager
Meg’s primary responsibilities are the accounting and office management of the Greater Ohio Policy Center. Meg is responsible for office bookkeeping and financial reporting and analysis; corporate support and office management; and select event planning duties.
Meg is originally from Ashtabula, Ohio and has resided in Columbus since 1987. She studied Business Administration at Kent State Ashtabula Branch and obtained her Associates Degree in Accounting from Columbus State Community College.
Prior to joining GOPC, she was the Project Coordinator for a real estate development project in Panama City Beach, Florida. She also served as Office Administrator for a mid-sized law firm in Columbus for over a decade and managed all financial and operational areas of the firm. Her background encompasses the areas of law, real estate and accounting.
Manager of Government Affairs
As the Manager of Government Affairs for the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Jason is responsible for representing GOPC at the Ohio Statehouse, advocating for the issues and policy positions central to the organization's mission.
Prior to joining GOPC, Jason worked for more than eight years as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he had the opportunity to work on a wide array of policy matters, including agriculture, economic development, taxation and transportation issues, serving as the staff assistant for the House Ways & Means Committee and House Finance Transportation subcommittee, as well as two years working on state rules issues before the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). More recently, he served for five years as the legislative and policy director at School Choice Ohio, a statewide not-for-profit organization working to advance public and private school choice options in the state of Ohio.
Jason is a 2001 graduate of the University of Akron where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in American Political Science. He also holds a certificate in Applied Politics from the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.