Commissioners

 photograph of Ohio Statehouse 

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.

 

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Chair Lori Barreras

Chair Barreras was appointed Commissioner on October 31, 2013 and was appointed Chair in March 2018 by Governor John Kasich.

Chair Barreras served as the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at the Ohio State University. She is the former Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Battelle Memorial Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 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.

Chair Barreras serves as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbus Arts Council and is a member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board and the Columbus Women’s Commission’s Pay Equity Committee.  She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Commissioner William Patmon III

Commissioner Patmon was appointed to the Commission by Governor John Kasich in August 2012 and reappointed in 2017 to a term that will expire in 2022.

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.

  

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Commissioner Madhu K. Singh

Commissioner 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.

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Commissioner Juan P. Cespedes

Commissioner 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.