Trevor L. Brown will be the inaugural executive director of the newly created State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI). Brown brings experience as an academic leader, public sector trainer and instructor, and consultant to many public organizations at the federal, state and local levels. He will combine his role as SOLI’s executive director with his position as the dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University where SOLI will be housed.
“It’s an honor to help launch the State of Ohio Leadership Institute,” said Brown. “My career has been devoted to preparing the next generation of public servants and leaders.”
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Gina Gest joins the State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI) as the project manager responsible for the administrative and programmatic operations of the institute. In collaboration with the executive director, she will oversee the development and implementation of leadership programs for newly elected and appointed officials throughout the state.
Previously, Gest served as the leadership liaison at The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. In that role, she provided strategic direction and operational oversight for special events involving leadership in the Wexner Medical Center. She managed executive administrative functions to aid in the success of the vice president of Advancement. In addition, Gest has experience managing the administrative activities in an academic institution, providing support to the John Glenn School (College) of Public Affairs between 2008 – 2013.
Prior to Ohio State, Gest worked at the Ohio Forestry Association for 10 years, managing many facets of the organization, including membership services, website design, implementation of professional training programs, and support of the Board of Trustees. She brings a breadth of knowledge and unique skill set to interface with a wide variety of internal and external constituencies.
Gest earned her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from The Ohio State University in 2003. She, her husband, Anthony, and daughter, reside in Upper Arlington.
Emily Underation is joining the State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI) and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs as the student internship coordinator. Underation will work with SOLI’s executive director and staff, and with the Glenn College's Student Services unit to develop and administer new programming to place high school and college students at internships in state and local government.
Underation will work to expand the John Glenn High School Internship Program, which for the last eighteen years has placed hundreds of high ability high school seniors in public service internships, including serving internships with elected officials from both parties. Underation will also develop an internship program for college students interested in public service careers, particularly at the Ohio State House.
Emily is a 2016 graduate of the Glenn College's Bachelor of Arts program and an alumna of the Washington Academic Internship Program. Prior to taking on this role, Emily has served as an intern with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House.