Columbus 2020 Adds Ellen Power to Board of Directors

May 15, 2013

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COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus 2020, the 11-county regional economic development entity, today announced the appointment of Ellen Power to its board of directors.

Power leads Boeing’s Heath facility as center director and Heath site executive. The Heath facility is part of Boeing Defense, Space and Security and specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul services for missile defense technologies for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

“Ellen Power is a tremendous addition to our board and a great asset to our regional economic development strategy,” said Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer of Columbus 2020, and president, Columbus 2020 Board of Directors. “She brings a mix of experience, expertise, leadership and willing collaboration that will enhance and add to our existing activities.”

The Columbus 2020 Board is composed of private and public-sector leaders and guides the Columbus Region’s efforts to become the fastest growing economy in the country and one of the nation’s leaders in economic development.

Power is the first addition to the Columbus 2020 Board since Michael W. Louge, Mark Patton and Pablo A. Vegas became members in November of last year.


About Columbus 2020
Columbus 2020 is a public-private partnership that leverages the strengths of the Columbus Region’s talented workforce, small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and international connections to ignite economic growth and build a healthier, more sustainable future for Central Ohio. The initiative grows our economy by ensuring that our existing companies are growing and thriving, that the world’s leading companies are attracted to the 11-county region, that innovations are cultivated and commercialized, and that our civic infrastructure is continually improving to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world economy. For more information, visit

Kenny McDonald

*Editor’s note: a full board roster is attached.

Columbus 2020 Board of Directors

Alex Fisher, Chairman of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Columbus Partnership

Jack Partridge, Treasurer
Columbia Gas of Ohio

Eric Phillips, Secretary
Executive Director
Union County Economic Development Partnership
Chief Executive Officer
Union County Chamber of Commerce

Marilyn Brown
County Commissioner
Franklin County Board of Commissioners

Michael Coleman
City of Columbus

John C. Fisher
Executive Vice President
Ohio Farm Bureau

Michael Keller
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Michael W. Louge
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Gregory R. Overmyer
Chief Executive Officer
Overmyer Hall Associates

Mark Patton
General Manager

Ellen Power
Center Director and Heath Site Executive
Strategic Missile & Defense Systems
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Dr. Mark Smith
Ohio Christian University

David Williams, Ph. D., Sc. D.
Dean and Presidential Professor
College of Engineering, The Ohio State University

Pablo A. Vegas
President and Chief Operating Officer
AEP Ohio, American Electric Power

*Laing Akers
Senior Attorney
Squire Sanders (US) LLP

*Kenny McDonald, CEcD, President
Chief Economic Officer
Columbus 2020

*Denotes Ex-Officio

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