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Katherine Fleck



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Dr. Kathie Fleck is the chief of staff at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. She oversees operations at the agency, which regulates providers of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies, local and long distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies, and rail and trucking companies. Prior to her appointment at the PUCO, Fleck was a tenured associate professor at Ohio Northern University, where she served as chair of the Budget & Appropriations committee and on various national professional organizations.

Fleck has worked in Ohio state government for Gov. George V. Voinovich and the Ohio EPA. She also worked for Indiana Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy and served as chief deputy clerk of the courts in Allen County, Indiana. In addition to her work in the public sector, she also has led nonprofit organizations both as the area executive director for the American Cancer Society and as a member of several boards of directors. She was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Allen County Public Library system and worked as VP of client relations for a private MBW/WBE certified company with large government contracts. Additionally, she has her own consulting agency that has done work for local government agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Fleck has a Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts from Indiana University and a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University.

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.