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Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls is a member of Cincinnati City Council. She currently chairs council's Budget and Finance and Livable Communities Committees, and the Subcommittee on Major Transportation and Infrastructure Projects. Since returning to council in 2007, she has focused on initiatives that are fundamental to building a strong Cincinnati and result in enhanced quality of life, a globally-competitive local economy, and smart management of city resources.
Her Great Neighborhoods Initiative is using the best approaches from around the country to strengthen and revitalize Cincinnati's neighborhoods by giving communities innovative, new tools to protect neighborhood character while encouraging investment. She is working to develop a 21st century transportation system that reinforces walkable neighborhoods and increases investment in multi-modal transportation systems that accommodate public transportation, bicycles, and pedestrians. Qualls has worked to insure that the I-75/Brent Spence Bridge project supports economic development in Cincinnati neighborhoods. She led the effort to reform the city's lead abatement program, including new prevention strategies to protect children, and started the Homeless to Homes Initiative to take homeless men and women off the streets and help them become productive members of our community.
Qualls was first elected to council in 1991, and served three terms as mayor from 1993-1999. After leaving office because of term limits, Qualls went to Harvard University where she served as a fellow in the Institute of Politics, a Loeb Fellow in the Graduate School of Design, and a Malcolm Weiner Fellow in Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government; in 2002 she earned a Masters degree in Public Administration. She returned to Cincinnati in 2004 and taught in the Masters of Public Administration program at Northern Kentucky University and served as Director of Public Leadership Initiatives until December 2007.
Prior to serving in elected office, Qualls served as director of the Cincinnati office of Ohio Citizen Action, executive director of Women Helping Women, and the director of the Northern Kentucky Rape Crisis Center.
Qualls is the recipient of numerous awards and has also served on the boards of many of the region's organizations. For a detailed biography, please click the heading below for the extended version of this page.