Council President, City of Columbus
Born and raised on the south side of Columbus, Council President Shannon Hardin is committed to building an equitable future that works for every resident. As Columbus grows, Council President Hardin is focused on fostering an inclusive economy by partnering to build mass transit and affordable housing, empowering small and minority businesses, and bridging opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color. Regardless of the issue, Council President Hardin views public policy through the saying, “If it’s not for all, then it’s not for us.”
Council President Hardin serves on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Expo 2050 Task Force, as the Transit Committee Co-Chair for the National League of Cities – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Council President Hardin is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the Columbus Chapter of the NAACP. Council President Hardin earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College after studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. Council President Hardin is a proud member of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church.