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Anisa Liban

POWER Commissioner


Anisa Liban is a Glenn College graduate and nonprofit professional with a background in community organizing and the public sector. Liban spent her early career advocating for clean and safe drinking water, and has raised more than $70,000 through her organization Horn of Hope, a nonprofit striving to alleviate hunger, illiteracy and poverty in Somalia. Since launching Horn of Hope in 2014, Liban has collaborated with international charities including PackH20, the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa and the Fowzia Health Foundation.

Liban is determined to accelerate change for women and girls. Since 2015, she has organized dozens of programs in her community, including the Empowering Women and Girls through Leadership Event at COSI with Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government President Roaya Higazi. Additionally, Liban is one of many organizers who lead the Somali Community Festival in Central Ohio. Through her SOAR program, she provides youth ages 13-18 with mentors, college readiness support and innovative entrepreneurship workshops. Liban is passionate about helping women and girls. As an intern at the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, she worked on various projects: grant readings and analysis, Keyholder 2019, and a glossary for the Gender and Racial Wealth Gap Report. Today, she works as a senior legislative aide at the Ohio Senate. Liban is a New Leadership Ohio Alumna, a New American Leadership Academy alumna and is currently a 2020 New Leaders Council member.

Liban uses her specialization in nonprofit management to collaborate with agencies across Franklin County to improve outreach in the Somali community. When she is not organizing, she can be found doing girl leadership advocacy or planning events for youth as a Students Overcoming Adverse Realities board member. She is often found serving in a myriad of roles both professionally and in the community.



Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.