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Colin Groth

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Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development

Colin Groth is executive vice president of strategy and development at StriveTogether, where he provides leadership and strategy for StriveTogether’s programmatic work, including impact, advancement, learning and evaluation for the Cradle to Career Network.

The son of a public school librarian, Colin has always been passionate about the improvement of educational outcomes for all young people. Before joining StriveTogether, Colin served as the government relations director for Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, where he oversaw the organization’s government affairs, served as liaison to elected officials and government bodies, and developed relationships with local business and civic groups to advance public transportation issues.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from The Ohio State University, where he also completed the Goodlinks nonprofit management internship program. He is the former president of the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati; a graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change leadership development program and the City of Cincinnati’s Citizen’s Government Academy; an alumnus of 40 under 40 awards for both the Cincinnati Business Courier and Mass Transit Magazine; and an Eagle Scout (Troop 502).

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what is a place that shaped you, and how does it give you purpose?

My neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine, is incredibly important to me. It exemplifies so many of the opportunities and challenges in this great country around race, ethnicity, class and culture. One of the largest historic districts in the country, Over-the-Rhine welcomed German immigrants in the 1800s, Appalachian migrants in the 1940s and 50s, and displaced black and low-income residents in the 50s and 60s. After disinvestment in the 80s and 90s, it’s experiencing an economic and residential resurgence that I hope can serve as a new model: prioritizing the integration of race, ethnicity, income, culture and economic opportunity for those traditionally marginalized by our systems and structures. I spend much of my volunteer time working to that end.

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