The Local Government

Elizabeth Brown, Columbus City Council

Elizabeth Brown was elected to Columbus City Council in 2015, reelected in 2019, and holds the office of President Pro Tempore. She is also the Executive Director of the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network. Her core objective on Council is to fight for broad-based economic prosperity that levels the playing field for every family in Columbus. She led the implementation of a paid family leave policy for city employees, the adoption of a $15-per-hour minimum wage for city job incentives, and partnered with the Columbus Women’s Commission to win grant funding. City officials recently held an event to kick off their community choice aggregation initiative as part of the city’s goal for 100 percent clean energy by 2022 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. She is a graduate of Columbia University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. Elizabeth and her husband Patrick Katzenmeyer live in Columbus’ Victorian Village, along with their children Carolyn and Russell.

Justin Tisdale, South Euclid City Council

Justin Tisdale was elected to South Euclid City Council in November 2019 after being appointed by the Mayor in July 2019. Justin serves as Councilman at Large for the city and is the Chairman of the Public Utilities committee and co-chair of the Finance and Safety committee. In June 2020, City Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal for city government’s use of 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, and a similar goal for the community as a whole by 2035. Justin received a Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame College and a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Chicago’s American College of Education. He currently teaches humanities at Hawken Middle School. A 30-year resident of South Euclid, Justin attended South Euclid-Lyndhurst District schools. Today, Tisdale and his wife Erin live in South Euclid with their children Avery and Cooper.