Michael Cole is seeking to serve as a board member in Ohio’s largest public school district – Columbus City Schools.
His goal is to strengthen student achievement and employee performance with common sense policies that foster collaboration, broader communication, and accountability. “I am dedicated to contributing to the making of our next greatest generation,” says Cole.
As a resident of Columbus, Michael has involved himself with numerous endeavors supporting children, parents, teachers, and workers in education. In 2011, he fought against Ohio Senate Bill 5 to preserve workers’ rights. Additionally, he served as chairman of the advisory board for the “Village to Child After School Program” at Ohio Dominican University. Currently, he volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors at the historic J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center in Columbus’ Hilltop neighborhood.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Cole has served on statewide advisory committees, gubernatorial transition teams and moderated key panel discussions on policy issues.
As principal and co-founder of Thoth Communications, Inc., Cole establishes the firm’s strategic direction and fosters its creative energy. He provides senior strategic political and communications counsel to a range of clients in congressional and statewide campaigns, non-profits, corporations and international labor advocacy organizations like AFL-CIO and the Ohio Civil Service Employees Union.
He has worked as a journalist and talk host on AM1580 WVKO, “What’s What with Mike Cole. Cole has also written for documentaries and has appeared in numerous national and local news programs including, “The Gretchen Carlson Show,” on FoxNews and has appeared as a regular panelist on WOSU’s “Columbus on the Record.”
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Cole holds a bachelor’s in international studies and a graduate degree in strategic communication and leadership from Seton Hall University.