After a rigorous search led by the commissioners of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Commission is proud to announce that Angela Phelps-White of Blacklick will serve as the state agency's new executive director.

Ms. Phelps-White fills the vacancy left following the retirement of former Executive Director G. Michael Payton. 

As executive director, Ms. Phelps-White will oversee all agency business in the Commission's five regional offices in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, the Cincinnati satellite office and the Central administrative office.

Commission Chairwoman Lori Barreras said, "We are excited to bring Angela to the Commission and confident she will use her talents, leadership skills and experience to carry on our agency's long tradition of dedication, integrity, respect, teamwork and public service." 

Ms. Phelps-White's professional and personal achievements demonstrate a commitment to public service and upholding the rule of law. She has broad experience in the public sector, including nearly seven years with the State Employment Relations Board, seven years with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and 13 years as a magistrate with the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Ms. Phelps-White also served as a judge for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. 

Ms. Phelps-White earned both her bachelor of science in political science and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton. She has served on many boards and commissions, including Jack and Jill of America - Columbus Chapter, Amethyst, Inc., Kids Voting and the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus. She has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Editor's Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry, Member of the Year Award from the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and Black Women of Courage honors.

Ms. Phelps-White's first day will be March 16. The commissioners and staff are enthusiastic about her transition and the next chapter in the Commission's long history of excellence.

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