"We need to aggressively embrace green policies and regulations to create jobs while mitigating the consequences of climate change."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Michael Corey

Executive director, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County

About: Michael Corey has made himself indispensable to the city’s social services nonprofits in just a short few years at the helm of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County. Since he joined in 2017, it has grown from 48 to 79 members, making it the largest the chamber has ever been. The organization is embedded in issues ranging from advocacy for refugees to food stamps to workforce and immigration policy. The chamber was named one of the 5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2019 by the Columbus Foundation, and it has made significant strides toward a goal of “growing and strengthening one voice on behalf of the human services sector,” says board chair King Stumpp, CEO of Netcare Access. Corey previously was an associate with Bricker & Eckler and has worked for Hillary for America, Children’s Defense Fund, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Children’s Hunger Alliance. Corey holds a juris doctor from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Outside work: Franklin County Commissioners’ Leadership Council; Columbus City Council’s Commission on Black Girls; Columbus’ Census 2020 Transportation Subcommittee ; Nonprofit Higher Education Alliance; Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Building Advisory Group; American Constitution Society of Columbus; Ohio State Bar Association Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives; former board member, Lower Lights Christian Health Center and Downtown YMCA Advisory Board.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “We need to aggressively embrace green policies and regulations to create jobs while mitigating the consequences of climate change. Housing for all—integrated, walkable, energy-efficient neighborhoods. Comprehensive, sustainable multimodal and mass transportation. Drastically improved education system. And a strategy for Columbus’ next 100 years of growth that prioritizes the overall quality of our city and its residents.”

Corey’s idea: “A cross-sector collaboration to devise Columbus’ plan to brace for climate change over the next 10 years while planning for the next century could be a unique, internationally replicable pursuit. The goal should be twofold: To mitigate the inevitable consequences of climate change for our city’s most vulnerable populations, while becoming an international leader with an innovative quiver of plans to slow and reverse climate change in the decades to come.”

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