Shannon Hardin


Leveraging the Power of Communities for Real Progress

1:25 – 2:45 p.m., Monday, Forum on Economic and Social Progress

Shannon Hardin joined city council in October 2014 after helping launch and lead programs that have improved Columbus’ quality of life and provided important services to residents.

Councilmember Hardin has led numerous initiatives that continue to provide important services including the City Readers program, which helps young men learn to love reading; Applications for Purpose, Pride, and Success, a violence prevention and intervention effort aimed at reducing the incidence of gang-involved shootings and youth homicides in Columbus; and the Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus, which addresses violence in our streets, in our schools, and in the home through community interaction, neighborhood grants, and direct action.

Hardin has been recognized by Columbus CEO as an Up and Comer, by City Pulse as a Young Professional to Know, and by Who’s Who in Black Columbus as an Interesting Personality of 2014. Councilmember Hardin earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College after studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. He was born and raised in Columbus and is a proud resident of the South Side.