Stephanie Hightower on How Columbus Can Promote Racial Equity

By Rita Price
Columbus Urban League president Stephanie Hightower

Columbus Urban League

The 102-year-old agency serves thousands of Central Ohioans each year through advocacy and programming that support racial and economic equity. 

Annual budget: About $3.4 million 

Number of employees: 75 

President and CEO: Stephanie Hightower 

Focus areas: Recovery, reform and resiliency 

Approach: The Columbus Urban League provides emergency relief to help keep families in housing and to help businesses thrive; promotes policies that eliminate systemic racism; and offers coaching to boost individual earning power while leveling the economic playing field for Black communities. 

Source: The Columbus Urban League/

Hightower poses with other local leaders at a 2019 event celebrating plans to create a jobs and business development center.