On April 1, 2013, Tom Katzenmeyer became president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council). Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in the community.
Prior to coming to the Arts Council, he served as senior vice president for University Communications at The Ohio State University, where he led an office that oversaw OSU’s university-wide communications and reputation management. The office included the units of Internal Communications, Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Research Communications, and WOSU Public Media.
Before joining Ohio State in 2008, Katzenmeyer was senior vice president of investor, media, and community relations for L Brands, Inc (NYSE: LTD). He was responsible for the company’s reputation and relationships with investors and analysts, local media, national business and trade press, and the nonprofit and philanthropic community.
Katzenmeyer previously served as executive assistant for legislative affairs to the Governor of Ohio for four years. His public service career spans nearly 15 years, including time on the staff of Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Department of Development.
Katzenmeyer is board chair of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Board Chair of the YMCA of Central Ohio. He serves on the boards of Experience Columbus, the Columbus Clippers, and the Columbus Metropolitan Club.
He is past chair of the board of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation, the Columbus Clippers, and Leadership Columbus.
He has led capital campaigns for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Grange Audubon Nature Center. He has raised money for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the YMCA, and Leadership Columbus. He is currently co-chairing, with Nancy Kramer, Tom Grote, and Mary Jo Hudson, the $2.5 million capital campaign for Stonewall Columbus.
Katzenmeyer has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.