Women of Influence Luncheon

Join OWIG for it’s February luncheon featuring Women of Influence in Ohio Government.


Thursday, February 14 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Bricker & Eckler, Columbus, Ohio

OWIG’s Women of Influence Luncheon will highlight women who are making strides in the public sector and influencing public policy and government at the city, county, and state level.

We look forward to hearing from Dawn Tyler Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff to Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Jody Foltyn, Chief of Staff to the Ohio Treasurer of State, and Kris Long, Deputy County Administrator for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, February 14th from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Bricker and Eckler, LLP. 

This special panel of outstanding public servants will focus on panelists' career journeys and ability to influence decision makers from senior staff and cabinet level positions.

Dawn Tyler Lee

Dawn Tyler Lee currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff of External Affairs to Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. A change agent, strategist, relationship builder, thought partner, problem solver and proven and committed leader in public service, higher education and the nonprofit sector, Dawn Tyler Lee is the highest ranking African-American appointed official in the Ginther Administration. Community relations, diversity and inclusion, community and economic development, education, health and housing – are just some of areas of responsibility.

Dawn's impressive work history which includes Senior Vice President for Community Impact at United Way in Central Ohio, Founding Executive Director of Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT), Assistant Vice President for Government Relations at The Ohio State University, Board Liaison for Columbus City Schools, Columbus City Council Legislative Aide and Housing Policy Director for the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.

Dawn holds a master’s in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware with a specialization in housing and community development. She lives on the eastside of Columbus with her entrepreneur husband, Robert E. Lee III and their puppy, Chiqui, a rescue from Puerto Rico.

Jody Foltyn

Jody Foltyn currently serves as Chief of Staff to Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State, Robert Sprague. As Chief of Staff, she is the newly elected Treasurer’s most senior advisor and assists in developing policies related to Ohio’s Treasury and its various programs.

Before entering state service, Jody fostered her expertise in the private sector, serving an integral role at Capitol Strategies Group in Columbus, Ohio. During her nearly 13 years with the government affairs and political consulting firm, she devised and executed comprehensive advocacy efforts before the Ohio General Assembly and executive offices on behalf of the firm’s clients and served in senior leadership positions on a number of state and local candidate and issue campaigns. Throughout 2018, she served as campaign manager and chief strategist for then-State Representative Robert Sprague’s successful run to capture the State Treasurer’s Office.

Jody graduated with Honors from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She resides in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus with her husband, Patrick, and daughter, Mackenna.

Kris Long

Kris J. Long is Deputy County Administrator for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. She oversees Public Facilities Management, Human Resources, the Commissioners’ representatives on the Board of Revisions, and the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, among additional responsibilities. Kris previously worked in the Ohio Senate and in the Governor’s office. She served as Governor Ted Strickland’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislation and Operations, and held the positions of Legislative Director and Executive Assistant for Public Safety and Criminal Justice and the Bureau of Workers Compensation. Prior to joining the Governor’s administration, she was Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel to the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus.

Kris moved to Ohio after working in private practice in Michigan. She has non-profit and management experience, having served on the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors and the Ohio Humanities Council, and having previously served as President of the Community Refugee and Immigration Services Board. Ms. Long is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, earned her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, and is admitted to the Ohio and Michigan Bar.