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Policy and Advocacy Experts Join Groundwork Ohio Team

Columbus, OH -- Groundwork Ohio, the state’s leading policy and advocacy organization uniquely focused on the needs of young children during the prenatal period to age five, is thrilled to announce that Susan Ackerman has joined its team as Managing Director of Policy and Brittany Boulton has joined as Managing Director of Advocacy and Engagement.

Susan Ackerman is renowned as a foremost authority in Ohio’s Medicaid program with extensive maternal and young child health policy expertise. With a career of almost twenty years in health policy, Susan’s invaluable experience in and around state government garners unwavering trust and admiration from policymakers at all levels. Her thoughtfulness, deep knowledge, and unique insights make her the ideal leader of Groundwork’s policy shop, ensuring its effectiveness and impact.

“Susan has been a long-time friend and advisor beginning with our significant work together on the Ohio Infant Mortality Commission,” said Shannon Jones, CEO of Groundwork Ohio. “Her experience and passion for young children are unmatched and I know her proven leadership in health policy and health systems will help us to fulfill our vision that Ohio is the best place to be a young child.”

Brittany Boulton has devoted her career to advocating for policies that improve the lives of families and brings this passion to Groundwork Ohio. She is known on Cap Square for building authentic relationships and powerful coalitions in pursuit of meaningful policy change. A skilled collaborator, active listener, and bold advocate, Brittany manages Groundwork’s extensive network of early care and education stakeholders and coordinates all lobbying and advocacy activities.


“Brittany has an incredible reputation as a legislative bridge builder, problem solver, and thought partner,” said Shannon. “She is dynamic and resolute and will no doubt make a huge impact to improve the lives of Ohio’s youngest children.” 



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