Alicia Reece made history as the youngest woman elected to Cincinnati City Council in 1999 and she has continued to break ground for young women, minorities and others in the public service field. She served as Vice-Mayor for Cincinnati being one of the lead elected official in negotiating one of largest federal racial profiling lawsuits in history
She would go on to be elected in 2010 to the Ohio House from Cincinnati and would go on to lead the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus as President.
As President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Reece brought the organizations’s statewide convention to Cincinnati entitled: “The Power of the Black Vote,” and partnered for the first time in history with the nation’s oldest civil rights organization - the national NAACP convention
Reece has been active in local public service, working as U.S. Rep. David Mann’s Congres-sional Community Outreach Director and the Get Out the Vote Coordinator for the Hamilton County Democratic Party where she produced record voter turnout during that time. Reece founded the National Black Student Leaders Convention, Jam the Vote, and Stop the Violence Initiative.
She also served as Deputy Director of Tourism under Gov. Ted Strickland and was appointed interim Director of the Ohio Film Office.
She has spoken at the Democratic National Convention, before 200,000 at the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March On Washington, where she called for Voter's Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution to Protect the Vote, and she initiated a drive to put a Voter’s Bill of Rights in the Ohio Constitution.
In 2016, Reece was appointed to the DNC platform drafting committee where she co-authored the national voting rights and criminal justice sections. She was also appointed Vice Chair of the DNC National Convention.
After being term limited and leaving the Ohio House in 2018, Reece launched a new radio show and podcast, “Alicia Reece Soulfood,” that airs on WGRI on Fridays at noon and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
She worked in her family business, Communiplex, a diversified advertising, promotions, and marketing company, and she continues to focus on marketing, consulting, and on the real estate development of her church's Dream Campus, a faith and arts innovation development.
Reece graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications and a minor in Spanish from Grambling State University where she played on the women’s championship basketball team and was crowned Miss Grambling State University.
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