With the help of our board of trustees, YWCA Columbus has adopted a courageous advocacy and engagement agenda, because we know that programming alone is not enough; we need policy changes to help us fulfill our mission now and over the long-term. Our agenda includes increasing the number of affordable housing units and programs that stabilize households, removing the barriers that racism and inequity create, increasing economic mobility for women and people of color, and investments in young women and children.


2020-2021 Advocacy Agenda

Social Justice/Eliminating Racism

• Policing reform/relations
• Public Health
• Civic Engagement
• Equitable broadband access

Housing Justice

• Reform local eviction policies and practices
• Emergency rental assistance
• Tax incentives for affordable housing development & "buying out" option
• Changes to the zoning code
• Affirmatively furthering fair housing/housing discrimination


• Secure funding for childcare and education
• Regulatory requirements

Economic Empowerment

• Pay equity
• Living wage

Show Up and Speak Up

At YWCA Columbus we truly believe that we all have to speak up and show up. We must act boldly and confront big problems so that we can build a more equitable community—changing policy not just delivering programs. We need you to be with us and take a stand for dignity.

Learn more about YWCA USA’s Advocacy Agenda!

YWCA Columbus Advocacy Committee

Shawna Davis, Chair
Ohio Health

Aneca Lasley
Squire Patton & Boggs

Linda Hondros
Hondros Family of Companies

Keena Smith
Franklin County Board of Commissioners

Gregory Lestini
Bricker & Eckler

Cassi Baker
Greenwich Biosciences

Autumn Glover
Wexner Medical Center / Ohio State Office of Government Affairs

Kyle Strickland
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University