Sarah is a part time Policy Consultant for Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. Sarah received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Ohio State University and clerked for the Honorable James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio before being awarded a Skadden Fellowship with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. While in Chicago, Sarah ran a legal clinic in a high school and directed a domestic violence project. Upon returning to Ohio, Sarah worked on education law and policy as a staff attorney at the Ohio Poverty Law Center and then on juvenile justice reform, improving educational outcomes for Ohio children, and child health policy issues as Policy Director at Children's Defense Fund-Ohio. After taking a year off in 2015-16 to care for her two young children, Sarah returned to CDF-Ohio to focus on child health and education policy work.
Jessica joins CDF-Ohio as our Program Coordinator. Before joining our team, Jessica spent four years building community and client relationships for a Columbus area nonprofit organization focused on the health of infants and mothers. Through this work, she had the opportunity to coordinate and grow community events and development campaigns. She brings to us her talent for working directly with volunteers and large scale organizations. Jessica holds an AAS in Business and Marketing and resides in Columbus.
Pam joined CDF–Ohio in July 2013 and brings a diverse background in administration, finance, event management and development. Most recently, Pam served as Director of Finance and Operations for the Cancer Support Community Central Ohio. Her background includes work for the Ohio Department of Development’s International Trade Division, and marketing roles at Ernst & Young. Pam co-founded an event management company, whose clients included Nationwide Children’s Hospital, McGraw-Hill Publishing, and First Night Columbus. Pam is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in International Business and Marketing. She serves as a trainer with the Youth Education for Safety program in schools.
Ashon McKenzie serves as our Policy Director. Most recently, Ashon joins us from the Ohio Legislature where he worked as a policy lead on health, civil and criminal justice, and state and local government issues. Prior to his work in the Ohio Statehouse, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. In this position, he sought justice for children and schools litigating educator conduct matters on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education. He also worked on criminal justice matters. Ashon received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Currently, Ashon serves on the Board of Directors for IMPACT Community Action. Ashon was a United Way of Central Ohio 2015 African American Leadership Academy Fellow. Ashon and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Columbus with their two children.