The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has five Commissioners appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Commissioners are appointed to five-year, staggered terms. By law no more than three Commissioners can be of the same political party. The Governor designates one of the Commissioners to serve as Chairperson. The five-member Commission meets regularly to discuss civil rights policy and rule on recommendations from the OCRC’s five regional offices regarding charges and investigations of discrimination.
Chairman Leonard Hubert was appointed Commissioner in 2006 by Governor Bob Taft, served as Interim Chair in 2008 and 2009, and was reappointed as Chair in 2011 and 2016 by Governor John Kasich. His current term expires on July 28, 2021.
Mr. Hubert has more than two decades of service and experience in public sector administration, most recently serving as Director of External Affairs and Economic Opportunity in the Office of the Governor. He is the President and CEO of L. Hubert and Associates, a consulting service firm specializing in community, public relations and governmental affairs.
Mr. Hubert served as a member of the Ohio Agricultural Council, Granville Township Open Space Committee, Granville Education Foundation, Licking County Tax Incentive Review Council, Community Health and Recovery Board of Licking and Knox Counties, Ohio Cancer Research Associates and the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board. Mr. Hubert is an alumnus of Alabama A&M University where he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.
Commissioner William Patmon III was appointed to the Commission by Governor John Kasich in August 2012 to a term that will expire in 2017.
Commissioner Patmon is the founder and CEO of The Patmon Law Firm located in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio. His legal experience ranges from corporate takeover and energy litigation to business matters. He is a graduate of Leadership Columbus, recipient of Business First Newspaper's 40 Under Forty award and a former board member of Neighborhood House, Inc. and SAVE, an anti-violence program in Ohio.
Commissioner Patmon received a Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University College of Law and received the Best Oral Advocate and Best Moot Court team awards. He is a former federal judicial law clerk to U.S. District Judge James L. Graham, former delegate to the federal Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference and a former member of the Committee to Evaluate and Reappoint U.S. Magistrate Judges.
Commissioner Lori Barreras was appointed Commissioner on October 31, 2013 by Governor John Kasich to a five year term expiring July 29, 2018.
Commissioner Barreras recently served as the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at the Ohio State University where she lead the overall modernization of Human Resource services while delivering the full scope of talent management programs and strategy.
Commissioner Barreras is the former Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Battelle Memorial Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge Tennessee, Supervisory Investigator at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Tax Auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Operations Management from Arizona State University.
Commissioner Barreras serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbus Arts Council and is a member of Ohio State University's Wexner Center for the Arts Donor's Circle Council. Commissioner Barreras lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Commissioner Madhu K. Singh was appointed Commissioner on June 12, 2015 by Governor John Kasich to a five year term expiring July 29, 2019.
Commissioner Singh received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rajasthan University in Jaipur, India where she also completed graduate level courses in English Literature.
Commissioner Singh has worked with the Ohio Secretary of State acting as the liaison with the Office of Boards of Elections,Chambers of Commerce and the community. She was also instrumental in developing a strategy to provide a communication link between private, public and administrative leaders.
Commissioner Singh has extensive entrepreneurial and leadership skills in both the private and public sectors. She is a resident of Akron, Ohio and has served on several boards including Coming Together Akron, Akron International Friendship, American Cancer Society, Asian Indian Community of Northeastern Ohio and the Private Industry Council of Youngstown.
Commissioner Juan P. Cespedes was appointed to the Commission by Governor John Kasich on February 26, 2016 to a term that will expire on July 29, 2020.
Commissioner Cespedes has many years of service in both the public and private sectors, including ten years as a government relations and consulting professional with The Oxley Group, which he co-founded in 2006. Previously, he served as a Finance Officer for the Ohio Treasurer of State.
In addition to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Commissioner Cespedes currently serves as the Ohio Liaison for the White House Office of Public Engagement and sits on the boards of the Ohio Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board and the Ohio Arts Council. During his tenure on the Ohio Arts Council, he has served on the Governor’s Arts Awards Committee twice.
Commissioner Cespedes received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Originally from Lorain, Ohio, he currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.