Michael Reese serves as Ice Miller Whiteboard’s Director of Public Advocacy & Business Development and is a member of Ice Miller's Whiteboard team. Whiteboard’s services include government relations, public policy consultation, economic development, energy consultation, telecommunications, broadband and network solutions.
Michael previously served for nine years as Chief of Staff for Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Reese is recognized as an experienced and proven manager who solves tough problems and creates successful public/private partnerships from conception through completion. In addition to his almost 19 years of service with the City of Columbus, Reese served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate in the mid-1990’s.
As Chief of Staff, Reese’s accomplishments are numerous and included oversight of a $2.2 billion operating and capital budget resulting in a “Triple A” credit rating and significant investment in downtown and neighborhoods across the City; management of 14 department directors (representing 9,000 employees); and serving as liaison to the Columbus Partnership President, the Ohio Governor’s Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Council Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Schools Chief of Staff, the Franklin County Administrator, amongst many others.
While working for the City of Columbus, Reese was a key player in critical economic and neighborhood development efforts as well as protecting the environment.
Michael is a 1990 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government.  He earned his Master of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1993 in Political Science and is a 1999 Leadership Columbus graduate.  He was a participant at the Harvard Kennedy School Urban Policy Impact Forums held semi-annually from 2008 through 2015.
Michael has three children: Sam, Andrew and Molly and enjoys the sport of baseball at all levels.  He practices Vinyasa Yoga as a member of Yoga on High and has joined the teacher training program in an effort to become certified and registered through Yoga Alliance. 
Michael is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.
Selected Experience
While working for the City of Columbus, Reese was a key player in critical economic and neighborhood development efforts as well as protecting the environment which included:
  • Adopting a new Bed Tax Code in 2013 and 2014 where Experience Columbus, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and social service agencies all receive more funding.
  • Coordinating with Nationwide Children’s Hospital on expanding hospital/research jobs, improving the infrastructure through federal stimulus and city capital resources and developing a comprehensive neighborhood investment effort in the areas of housing, safety, education, workforce development and health and wellness.
  • Assisting with the Nationwide Arena financial negotiations among City of Columbus, Franklin County and private sector to keep the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus. This also led to the NHL choosing Columbus for the 2015 NHL All Star game.
  • Participating in all significant economic development and housing transactions. Major job creation/economic development efforts and sites included Nationwide Arena and the Arena District, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Insurance, The Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center, Alliance Data Systems, Grange Insurance, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Net Jets Inc., Ohio Health, Port Columbus International Airport, Rickenbacker International Airport, Polaris Fashion Place, Easton Town Center, Morse Road/Northland Mall redevelopment and major housing redevelopment efforts.
  • Involvement in decision and process related to moving the Columbus Clipper Triple-A minor league baseball team to the Downtown area and providing over $10 million in infrastructure around Huntington Park.
  • Implementing historic Big Darby Accord where ten governmental jurisdictions came together to protect the Big Darby Creek and provide for responsible development/growth.
  • Partnering with The Ohio State University on the 5th Avenue Dam removal and Olentangy River restoration.
  • Working with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation to execute the 2012 Downtown Master Plan and the 2002 Downtown Business Plan. Major accomplishments included the Lazarus Building redevelopment, Hilton Hotel, Arena District, Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile Park, Main and Rich Street Bridges, Scioto Greenways River restoration, High Street Cap, Gay Street redevelopment, River South neighborhood and Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
  • Investing in cultural, art, entertainment, higher education and social service institutions with capital and operating funding involving the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus State Community College, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI, the King Arts Complex, Community Shelter Board, Pre-K and After School Programs and Workforce Housing.
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