September 21, 2014

Who We Are

We are leaders in business, academia, politics and public service who believe that progressive public policies are necessary to sustain economic growth, expand opportunity for all Ohioans, and ensure that the benefits of a resurgent economy are not restricted to those at the top of the income ladder.

We believe that efficiency and accountability are not mutually exclusive and that both are equally important in assessing the merits of any policy proposal or government program.

We believe that the private and the public sectors need not be enemies, and that business and government can, should and must be partners in helping Ohio succeed.  By resisting short-term thinking and enacting innovative and fiscally sound policy, we believe leaders can help create the climate and conditions necessary for Ohio to build a future that is worthy of its past.

McCarthy_3x5Keary McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer

McCarthy served as Minority Chief of Staff at the Ohio House of Representatives where he managed all operational and administrative duties for the lower chamber’s Democratic members.  In that role, McCarthy provided strategic direction for all policy, legislative and communications matters.  He previously held top policy and communications posts for former House Speaker Armond Budish, the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign in Ohio, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and the transition team for then-newly elected Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald.   Prior to his work in government, McCarthy served as communications director for ballot measures in 2005 on redistricting and election reform, and a successful effort in 2006 to increase Ohio’s minimum wage.  McCarthy has a B.A. in History from Wittenberg University and an M.S. in Policy Analysis from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He is a life-long Ohio resident, and lives in Columbus with his wife, Lori, and their two young children.

Janetta King, Founder and Chair of the Board

King currently serves as Chief of Staff to CAP Action President (and former Ohio Governor) Ted Strickland. She founded  Innovation Ohio in 2011, serving as President and CEO until Summer, 2014. Previously, King served as the deputy chief of staff for policy for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Working with state agencies, legislators and stakeholders, she lead implementation of the governor’s signature public policy agenda, including passing legislation to ensure every Ohio child has access to affordable healthcare; Ohio’s advanced energy standards bill; the first bipartisan jobs stimulus bill in the country; and a complete overhaul of Ohio’s education system and funding formula. Prior to working in his statehouse office, King was the chief policy advisor on Governor Strickland’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and worked as a policy aide and legislative director in his congressional office in Washington, D.C. beginning in 2002. Throughout her career, King worked on economic development, education and healthcare issues to make a meaningful impact on lives of Ohio’s working families.

King is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she received  a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and English.  She studied government and politics internationally while living in Heidelberg, Germany, working for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and supervising elections in Kosovo and Bosnia.

Originally from Waterford, Ohio in Washington County, King currently lives with her husband and son in Worthington, Ohio and serves on the Ohio University Board of Trustees.