UPDATE November 2013: Roxanne Qualls lost her bid to recapture the Cincinatti Mayor’s office.
Roxanne Qualls served as Cincinatti Mayor in the 1990s – then went to Harvard to earn a Masters in Public Administration.
Roxanne Qualls served as Cincinatti Mayor in the 1990s – then went to Harvard to earn a Masters in Public Administration. She was re-elected to City Council in 2007 and currently serves as Vice Mayor.
Prior to serving in elective office, Roxanne served as the first Director of the Northern Kentucky Rape Crisis Center(1975-1977, now known as the Women’s Crisis Center), the Executive Director of Women Helping Women (1977-1979, now known as the Hamilton County Rape Crisis and Abuse Center), owned a small business specializing in house painting and renovation, an Associate Director (1983-1985) and then Director (1985-1991) of the Cincinnati office of Ohio Citizen Action (formerly known as Ohio Public Interest Campaign). While director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Cincinnati office, Roxanne worked with neighborhood groups and environmental organizations to pass the City of Cincinnati’s air code, lobbied the city to establish the Office of Environmental Management, and advocated for the establishment of the city’s recycling program. Her office released an annual analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory. She was a member of the Lower Price Hill Task Force, an effort to target the environmental causes of Lower Price Hill children’s health problems.