Diversity & Empowerment Council

Welcome Letter from Secretary LaRose (PDF)

Meetings of the Diversity & Empowerment Council

August 5, 2020 Agenda (PDF)

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

“My vision is an Ohio with a thriving democracy and a prospering economy for everyone. As the 51st Ohio Secretary of State I will work every day to use the office to bring that vision to life. I plan to bring new ideas to this office and work harder than ever before to streamline the services we provide to businesses, be an advocate for entrepreneurs, and ensure that our elections remain secure and accessible.” - Frank LaRose 

Secretary of State Frank LaRose Biography

Council Members

  • Frank LaRose, Chair

    Ohio Secretary of State

  • Monique Cox-Moore, Vice Chair

    Director of Community Engagement and Initiatives

  • Joey Johnson

    Bishop,
    House of The Lord

  • Terrance Gragston

    Chairman, 
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Ohio Policy Council 

  • Jeffrey Pastor

    Councilman,
    City of Cincinnati

  • Barb Smith

    President,
    Journey Steel, Inc.

  • Eric Kearney

    CEO,
    African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

  • E.T. Caviness

    Bishop, 
    Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church

  • Diane Stevens-Robinson

    CEO,
    Greater Stark County Urban League

  • Larry Macon

    Pastor,
    Mt. Zion Oakwood Village

  • Jeffery Jemison

    Pastor,
    Starlight Missionary Baptist Church

  • Stacey Polk

    Attorney,
    LCR Enterprises LLC

  • Lewis Macklin

    Pastor,
    Baptist Pastors Council of Youngstown & Vicinity

  • Marian Garth-Saffold

    President, 
    Cleveland’s AFL-CIO Retirees Council

  • Aaron Philips

    President, 
    Cleveland Clergy Coalition

  • Sameuel Hampton II

    Pastor,
    The Faith Place First Apostolic Faith Church

  • Marsha Mockabee

    CEO,
    Urban League of Greater Cleveland

  • Elaine Tso

    CEO,
    Asian Services in Action

  • John Coats

    President,
    Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Columbus & Vicinity

  • Frederick LaMarr

    Pastor, 
    Missionary Baptist Church

  • Donald Washington

    Bishop,
    Mount Hermon Baptist Church

  • Joel King

    Pastor, 
    Baptist Pastors Conference of Columbus and Vicinity

  • James Washington

    Pastor,
    Phillips Temple Church

  • Dr. Derrick Foward

    President,
    Dayton NAACP Chapter

  • Senay Semere

    Director,
    Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center

  • June Taylor

    Chief,
    Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

  • Lilly Cavanaugh

    Director,
    Ohio Latino Commission

  • Pierre Bejjani

    President,
    C.A.M.E.O.

  • Andre Washington

    President,
    A. Philip Randolph Institute

  • Tom Roberts

    President,
    State N.A.A.C.P.

  • Montrice Terry

    President,
    The City Park League of Toledo

  • Tina Butts

    President,
    The Movement Toledo

  • Ray Wood

    President,
    Lucas County NAACP Chapter

  • Tracey Winbush

    Board Member,
    Mahoning County Board of Elections & Radio Host

  • Penny Wells

    President,
    Sojourn to The Past Organization

  • Todd Johnson

    Pastor,
    Second Baptist Church

  • Farxaan Jeyte

    Vice President,
    Somali American Chamber