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Beryl Piccolantonio

POWER Commissioner


Beryl Piccolantonio has dedicated her career to serving the public and her community. She is passionate about building safe and thriving neighborhoods, and she has a proven record of ensuring all who appear before her to adjudicate their disputes have a fair opportunity to be heard.

She worked for over a decade at the Industrial Commission of Ohio, where, among other roles, she presided over administrative hearings and issued written decisions for a very busy docket. Piccolantonio also worked in the agency’s human resources and legal departments as the director of labor relations, where, among other duties, she mediated labor disputes.

Her experience presiding over hearings and labor disputes led to her appointment by the Industrial Commission Nominating Council as chief ombudsperson for Ohio’s workers’ compensation system, where she has served since 2013. She had the unique opportunity to rebuild the program, including hiring and training staff, in order to provide information and mediation to anyone interacting with the workers’ compensation system.

She serves as an elected member of the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education, and has served as board president since her election in 2015. She also serves as a member of the Eastland-Fairfield Board of Education, the Gahanna Civil Service Commission, Kids Voting of Central Ohio Advisory Board and Columbus New Leaders Council advisory board.




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.