General contact information:
Ohio Democratic Party
340 East Fulton Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Elizabeth Walters was elected by unanimous acclamation by the ODP Executive Committee on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
Councilwoman Elizabeth (Liz) Walters is serving her second term representing the citizens of Summit County as an At-Large member, and current President. She has been active on a wide variety of issues and lead the passage and implementation of Paid Parental Leave for county employees, the only Ohio county to pass such legislation. Currently, she chairs the Summit County Environmental Sustainability Task Force, co-chairs Summit County’s Special Committee to address racism as a public health crisis, and serves on numerous County boards and commissions.
In January of 2021, Liz was unanimously elected as Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. She is the first woman elected to this role. Throughout her career, Liz has worked with people and organizations that support progressive values, including the Obama-Biden Campaign, Congresswoman Betty Sutton, We Are Ohio, the Ohio Democratic Party, the Ohio Progressive Collaborative, Red, Wine, & Blue, and many community-based nonprofits and community organizing groups.
She is a lifetime Girl Scout and has been active with the organization as a member, employee or volunteer since the age of five. Liz serves on the Advisory Council for the United Way of Summit County’s Financial Empowerment Centers and is an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Liz earned a B.A. in History from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and her Masters in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. She and her rescue dog, Beatrice, live on the westside of Akron.
André J. Washington
Currently, André is Treasurer of the NAACP Ohio Conference. André started his labor career at the University of Michigan Medical Center, AFSCME Local 1583 where he worked for 13 years before being hired as an organizer for AFSCME Council 25 in Detroit, Michigan. He helped organize the Detroit Medical Center’s hospitals.
In 2000, André was hired by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees as a Field Representative in the Toledo area where he negotiated for 17 locals. In 2012, André received a promotion to OAPSE Field Representative/Special Projects Coordinator in Columbus, Ohio, representing over 3,100 employees of the Columbus City School District, where his primary focus is on labor arbitration and being the Chief Negotiator. André also attended Wayne State University for the labor study two-year program. André Washington has been a member of many community and labor organizations during his labor career. He is a graduate of the George Meany National Labor College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Studies. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP, where he served as a member of the National NAACP Resolutions Committee and currently serves as the NAACP Ohio State Conference Treasurer. André is an active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the League of Women Voters, pride@work, Ohio State Voice Table, the Central Ohio Labor Council, Labor Council for Latino American Advancement, and the Ohio Unity Coalition.
André is the father of two sons Chris and Derick. He attends the Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus. He is passionate about working with minorities and underserved communities, educating, encouraging and empowering people to be the best they can possibly be. His passion and dedication have him involved in many organizations. He currently serves as Midwest Regional Representative and Ohio State President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), overseeing 10 states.
Some of his Awards and Achievements include:
- Proclamation from Mayor Jay Williams, City of Youngstown, Ohio – 2009
- NAACP Ohio State Conference Outstanding Labor Leader Award – 2009
- APRI Outstanding State Chapter Award – 2011
- NAACP Toledo Branch Political Action Award – 2011
- CBTU Huerta Guile Achievement Award – 2012
- CBTU Trade Unionist Award – 2013
- National NAACP recognition for selling 100 + memberships in a year – 2000 and 2012
- APRI Norman Hill Service Award – 2016
- National Action Network (NAN) Humanitarian Award – 2016
- The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Voter Right Award – 2016
Interim Executive Director:
COLUMBUS — Today newly elected Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters announced Ohio native Malik Hubbard will serve as interim Executive Director for the state party as Walters gets to work immediately strengthening the party and fighting for a better Ohio. Hubbard, who has extensive experience in Ohio politics, will help oversee the transition process and support Walters as she takes over as Chair. Hubbard will be the first Black Executive Director of ODP after Walters made history earlier this week as the first woman elected to serve as ODP Chair.
Walters has committed to a transparent hiring process, which will include input from party stakeholders, that Hubbard will help implement and oversee. Hubbard will serve as interim Executive Director, until the position is filled permanently.
“We’re thrilled to have Malik onboard as we hit the ground running on day one, fighting for a better, more inclusive Ohio and putting our state back on the right track. Malik’s experience will help us operate at a high level as we begin to lay the foundation for a stronger Ohio Democratic Party in the months and years ahead,” said Walters.
“I’m honored to join ODP as interim Executive Director, supporting Chair Walters and her vision of a stronger Ohio Democratic Party. Knowing that our work couldn’t come at a more important time, I’m excited to get to work right away, fighting for Democratic values and moving our party forward,” said Hubbard.
Hubbard is a veteran Ohio political operative from Cleveland with interdepartmental expertise in the engagement and turnout of African Americans and other voters of color. In the 2016 presidential election, Malik served as the National Deputy African-American Vote Director for Hillary for America, where he led the in-state national African-American voter engagement program. Previously, Malik has had a number of campaign leadership roles in Ohio, including a large-scale field effort as the Co-Founder of Moving Ohio Forward, Ohio for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration and the Political Director of the Ohio Democratic Party in 2008. Hubbard also served as the State Field Director of the Ohio Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2006 that led to the election of Ted Strickland as Governor and Sherrod Brown as U.S. Senator.