About

Mission: Ohio Citizen Action organizes and mobilizes people to advocate for public interests. In person, by phone, and online, we engage people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers. Our campaigns connect Ohioans and build a movement to protect democracy and create a sustainable future.


Since beginning door-to-door field canvassing in 1979, Ohio Citizen Action has made more than 11 million front porch visits in Ohio.

Sending enthusiastic, professional organizers into neighborhoods makes it easy for busy people to protect their own health, rights and interests by preventing abuses of government and corporate power.

We use a strength-in-numbers strategy, focusing the political and consumer power of Ohio families on the problems they care about. We boil down complex issues into everyday language, put them into context, answer people’s questions and motivate people to help.

In addition to the field canvassers, phone canvassers follow up on our door visits, spending more time with people and giving them new opportunities to make a difference. We also update our website daily, providing information, resources and opportunities for digital activism. More about field and phone canvassing.

In the past decade alone, we’ve won 75% of the campaigns we’ve undertaken, including:

  • Pollution prevention “good neighbor” campaigns with the Eramet manganese refinery in Marietta and Columbus-based Heartland Petroleum;
  • Shutting down 22 of Ohio’s oldest, most polluting coal boilers;
  • Preventing new pollution from proposed (but never built) projects like a 1,000 MW coal plant in Meigs County, a garbage incinerator in Cleveland and a coal-to-liquid fuel plant in Wellsvile;
  • Aggregating Cincinnati residents into an electricity buying group and securing 100% clean, renewable energy to meet their needs; and
  • Defeating a bill that would have repealed Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards.

Simply put, we win our campaigns because people care enough to get involved and the personal, immediate nature of field and phone canvassing makes it easy for them. Working together, we amplify individual actions to have greater impact on decision makers.

Year in review

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008-2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1975 – 1998

Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors

Ann Knotek Secretary/Treasurer (Cleveland) Profile

Thomas Gregory Ferguson (Columbus) Profile

Joshua Sands (Cincinnati) Profile

Carla Walker (Cincinnati) Profile

Anne Wise, M.D. (Cleveland) Profile

Dick Wittberg President (Marietta) Profile

Ohio Citizen Action Senior Staff

Executive Director, Rachael Belz (513) 221-2100

Deputy Director, Melissa English (513) 221-2100

Financial Director, Lynn Scheerhorn (216) 861-5200

Special Projects Manager/ Financial Assistant, Jessica Smith-Szabo, (216) 861-5200

Regional Canvass Director, Don Wolcott (336) 288-5485

Regional Field Canvass Director, Curt Moultine (517) 281-4716

Membership Director, Stephen Gabor (216) 861-5200

Cleveland Program Director, Anastazia Vanisko (216) 861-5200

Cleveland Field Canvass Director, Hannah Spring (216) 861-5200

Phone Canvass Director, Brad Holmes (216) 861-5200

Digital Communications Director, Angela Oster (216) 861-5200

Database Manager, Chris Young (216) 861-5200

Membership Development Coordinator, Mark Biszantz (216) 861-5200

Administrative and Digital Assistant, Sarah Savron, (216) 861-5200

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors

Matthew Currie Secretary/Treasurer (Bellbrook) Profile

Robert Park (Cincinnati) Profile

Brooke Smith (Cincinnati) Profile

Heather Zoller President (Cincinnati) Profile

The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund, formerly the Citizens Policy Center, is the non-profit education and research affiliate of Ohio Citizen Action. Its Executive Director is Melissa English.