Former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is Partner and Director of Business and Government Strategies for the Public Affairs and Government Law Group at Ice Miller. He was the longest-serving mayor in Columbus history, having held the office from 2000 to 20016.
The first African-American to serve as mayor of Ohio’s capitol city, he began his career in public office as an appointed member of Columbus City Council. He went on to win two terms in office and served as City Council President for two years prior to his election as mayor.
As mayor, he built Columbus’ reputation as one of the best cities in the nation by building stronger, safer neighborhoods; creating jobs and maintaining a high quality of life. The urban development strategy he pioneered to attract new businesses and expand emerging companies within Columbus has secured $7 billion in private investment support since 2000.
Early in his career, Michael was an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Ohio. He also served as a legislative assistant for two years before joining Zox & Dunn Co. LPA. His wife, Janelle Simmons, is president of the L Brands Foundation.