On January 18, 2022, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and First Lady Shannon Ginther announced that Measurement Resources Company President, Sheri Chaney Jones, is among six new Commissioners who will serve on the Columbus Women’s Commission. The Commission works to dismantle barriers and reduce gender-based inequities to improve the economic position of women in our community.
“In 2010, I founded Measurement Resources with the goal of ensuring social sector data be analyzed through a racial, gender, equity, and geographical (urban, rural, and suburban) framework,” said Sheri Chaney Jones, president, Measurement Resources Company. “As a lifelong, passionate advocate for closing racial and gender wealth gaps, I look forward to realizing positive change in my community in collaboration with the Commissioners on the Columbus Women’s Commission.”
Jones was instrumental in getting House Bill 494 signed into law, which contains language to create the first certification program for women business owners in Ohio. Through her role as Vice President of Public Policy, Sheri was instrumental in leading this effort on behalf of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Columbus, which resulted in the creation of a Women’s Enterprise Certification (WBE), and Measurement Resources intends to become certified. This certification is significant because there are states that require a women-owned business to be certified in their “home state” to be eligible for the advantages those states provide. Now, more than 330,000 women-owned businesses across Ohio will have access to the contracts, resources and opportunities they need to grow and scale their businesses in support of their families, their community, and Ohio’s economy.
Additionally, Ms. Jones was one of 1,200 business owners in Central Ohio to sign Columbus City Council’s resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in the city. This took place in June 2020, as part of the community’s response to George Floyd’s murder and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that followed. The Resolution was intended to appropriately bring increased government and private-sector attention to these persistent and systemic issues.
The Columbus Women’s Commission focuses on three areas that are key to women’s economic security in our community: gender equity in the workplace, affordable housing and evictions and workforce development.
The additional five new Commissioners include:
- Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, Columbus City Councilmember
- Aminata Soko, Director, Women’s Business Center, ECDI
- Danielle L. Sydnor, Chief Executive Officer, Rise Together Innovation Center
- Bob Szuter, Co-Owner, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
- Sarah Townes, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission
The Commissioners who will continue their work on the Commission include:
- Chair, Shannon Ginther, First Lady, Senior Manager, Strategy and Consulting-Health and Public Service, Accenture
- Karim A. Ali, Partner in Charge of Professional Personnel and Diversity & Inclusion, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
- Susan Basso, Principal, Huron Consulting
- Monica Cerrezuela, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, ADAMH Board of Franklin County
- Leah Evans, President and CEO, Homeport
- Gina Ginn, Chief Executive Officer, Columbus Early Learning Centers
- Emmalyn Jerome, Chief Operating Officer, Lower Lights Ministries
- Veronica Knuth, Chief People Officer, Quantum Health
- Ronnie Marquez-Posey, Bureau Chief, Trade & Veteran Services, State of Ohio Office of Workforce Development
- Jillian Olinger, Chief Mission Officer, YWCA Columbus
- Donnetta Peaks, Director Office of Ministry, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church
- Denise Robinson, President and CEO, Alvis, Inc.
- Ola Snow, Chief Human Resources Officer, Cardinal Health
- James D. Thomas, Principal, James D. Thomas Consulting
- Heather Whaling, President & Founder, Geben Communication