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Mary Augsburger

POWER Commissioner


Mary Augsburger holds the distinction as the first female CEO of the Ohio State Bar Association and only the fourth leader in the organization’s 138-year history. As CEO, Augsburger leads and directs this $11 million professional legal association that represents more than 21,000 Ohio lawyers and judges. She leads a 64-person staff, and oversees all programs and services to members.

Augsburger began her career in the Ohio Senate as chief legal counsel and policy adviser for the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus. She drafted and negotiated proposed legislation for criminal and civil justice initiatives, finance and elections law changes, and state budget issues. Additionally, she managed litigation involving members of the Senate, the legislative process and constitutional challenges to state laws.

After a brief stint in private practice, Augsburger returned to her true passion of public service and advocacy as division chief counsel and department policy advisor to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Financial Institutions. From there, she moved to the Ohio Auditor of State, where she served as director of policy and public affairs. In her role, she formulated and drafted strategic policy initiatives. In 2012, Augsburger joined the Ohio State Bar Association as legislative counsel, where she managed the OSBA’s legislative program.

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.