For her second co-op, Rachel Isaacson worked for Columbus, Ohio city council member Michael Stinziano, and also served as a constituent liaison for Ohio state representative Brigid Kelly.
In these positions, Rachel worked closely with representatives Stinziano and Kelly, carrying out various tasks such as drafting resolutions and constituent letters, as well as out of the office work including outreach and signature collection.
She also continued her long-time work on drafting legislation that would ban conversion therapy for minors. Through her work with Stinziano this quarter and through the support of Columbus LGBTQ organizations, she was able to brief Stinziano and other councilmembers on the issue, and the Columbus City Council successfully passed the ban on March 27th, 2017!
Reflecting on her co-op, Rachel says in her blog post Preparing to be a Legislative Aide: Rachel Isaacson ’19 at Columbus City Hall and Ohio House of Representatives, that her work has led her to think about a legislative career following her graduation. She writes, “I can see myself returning back to this area of work once I graduate from Antioch. I am looking into being a legislative aide for an elected official, or possibly as a legislative service commissioner.”
Originally published in the “What’s Happening in Co-op This Week” newsletter on April 14th, 2017.