"We must change our culture around cars and transportation."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Autumn Glover 

Government affairs and community relations, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; interim president, PACT

About: Glover led the planning process for Partners Achieving Community Transformation, or PACT, which is a partnership of the university, city of Columbus and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. This work includes an emphasis on community engagement and relationship building.

It was through Glover’s leadership that PACT was awarded $30 million of federal grant money to implement the Blueprint for Community Investment. The plan launched in 2013 and since then the Near East Side has made progress toward revitalizing as a neighborhood of choice with improving public schools, mixed-income housing and community wellness as a priority. Her leadership was instrumental in other projects, including a healthy community center set to open in 2020.

Glover continues to build and expand relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to create partnerships for success.

Outside of work: Glover is an adjunct faculty member at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. She’s also involved with ULI Columbus, Columbus City Schools’ Neighborhood School Development Partnership, Jefferson Avenue Center, Whitehall Bexley Rotary Club, Columbus Metropolitan Club, American Heart Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “We must change our culture around cars and transportation. As the Insight2050 report suggests, our civic and private sector leaders must make decisions that shift how we develop land and ensure that affordable housing is proximate to growing job centers. This requires bold and regional thinking.”

Glover’s idea: “A tactical project to do long-range planning for expanding opportunities to ‘tipping point’ neighborhoods. Tipping point neighborhoods are those where there is stability, but they are not destinations people are actively seeking to live and play. These recommendations might include public funding prioritization, school feeder pattern adjustments, transit routes, zoning code and placemaking.”

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