By Jennifer Sadler
In just over a year, Columbus will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1812. The 2012 Bicentennial will provide an opportunity to honor and reflect on our city's past, take a look at where we are today and look forward to a promising future. Leaders from a wide range of Columbus' private, public and civic organizations have formed a Bicentennial Organizing Committee. With the support of a broad-based group of community volunteers, the Committee will spearhead efforts to realize the core mission of Bicentennial 2012--to develop a robust and transformative commemoration of the city's Bicentennial that is a catalyst for greater economic prosperity. The Bicentennial’s goal is to create a community that is more inspired, proud and engaged in their progress and the increasing vitality of our city, putting Columbus on the map as one of the best places to live and work.
2011 will be an exciting year for the Bicentennial Committee and the bicentennial planning efforts are well underway in three core areas—Promotions, Celebrations and Initiatives. The Promotions Committee, led by Experience Columbus, is focused on promoting amazing local events and building pride in our great community. The Celebration Committee, led by GCAC, is charged with preparing an events strategy to celebrate our past, present and future. The Initiatives Committee is working to guide the projects and programs that will create a lasting Bicentennial legacy. To learn more, visit www.columbus2012.org.
GCAC is proud to serve as a leader in the Bicentennial planning and is honored for the chance to work with Christie Angel, the Initiatives Committee Co-chair, along with Mike Reese in the Mayor's office. GCAC spoke recently with Angel to find out more about her career, her involvement in the 2012 Bicentennial and what she’s looking forward to in the new year in Columbus.
GCAC: Did you grow up here in Columbus?
Angel: Yes, I grew up in Columbus and lived on the Northeast side of town. I attended Columbus Catholic Schools and am a proud graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School--Go Stallions!
GCAC: Tell us a bit about your work at Sean P. Dunn & Associates.
Angel: I joined the firm in January, 2007 after serving as the Director of Government & External Affairs in AT&T’s Ohio office. I work with our firms’ clients, serving as their advocate and government relations representative before state and local government. I have specific expertise in the areas of local government, arts & culture, and regulated industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, energy and insurance.
GCAC: What has been one of the most rewarding aspects of your career so far?
Angel: I am a problem solver, whether it is in my current role working with clients like GCAC or in my previous role years ago at city hall, identifying solutions that work to resolve complex matters is extremely gratifying.
GCAC: Tell us about your involvement in the 2012 Bicentennial Celebration. How did you get involved and why?
Angel: I served on the 2012 Bicentennial Steering Committee when it was formed in 2007 and now am serving as the Co-Chair of the Initiatives Committee. Mike Reese, Chief of Staff for Mayor Coleman, is the other Co-Chair. Our committee is charged with making recommendations to the Bicentennial Organizing Committee regarding the initiatives (projects and programs) that should be included in the Bicentennial agenda.
GCAC: What’s your favorite thing about living in Columbus?
Angel: I love the fact that our city is easy to live in and welcoming.
GCAC: You have been an active supporter of the arts in our community. Can you tell us about a particularly memorable arts experience you've had here in Columbus?
Angel: My husband and I love to visit museums and art galleries when we travel and in Columbus. The Columbus Museum of Art has held a special place in our hearts for a long time; so we decided to get married there. It just so happened that our wedding day coincided with another love: Venetian glass and the museum’s Lino Tagliapietra exhibition in 2003. The exhibit was breath taking and we were very happy to share our love for both the museum and the Lino exhibit with our wedding guests.