MEET NICK BANKSTON

Nicholas J. Bankston is a native of Columbus, proud graduate of Columbus East High School and The Ohio State University. A homegrown champion, Nick has dedicated his life and career to public service.

Currently Nick serves as the President & CEO of Gladden Community House, serving over 12,000 residents annual by helping to stabilize families and position them for success.

Nick previously served as the Project Manager for Neighborhood Transformation Strategies for the City of Columbus where he worked hand in hand with neighbors in Linden and the Hilltop to develop community transformation plans - for the community, with the community. Through the implementation of these plans, he was able to advocate for and facilitate over $100 million in public and private investment as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization and a better quality of life for Linden and Hilltop residents. Nick believes the greatest asset of our communities are the people, and it is the responsibility of City Hall and our elected officials to empower all of us, and provide every residents the tools and opportunities to thrive.

A champion for social justice and equity, Nick led the Issue 2 campaign which made history and gave voters the power to vote for police reform by amending the City's charter to establish a Civilian Police Review Board to hold police accountable.

Nick has a heart for the people and the experience needed to navigate city government and lead on behalf of the people. He believes that government has the ability and responsibility to improve the lives of all us by putting public service above politics.

Nick is a member of I Am Church, is married to his beautiful and accomplished wife Habiba Bankston and lives on the Near Eastside in the historic King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood with their dog Zoey.

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Columbus is my home, and I want to build a city that is equitable, sustainable, and worthy of the next generation.