The Honorable Alicia Reece, made history as the first woman and African American to win city, state, and county races in Hamilton County.
She is an experienced 20 year public servant who has held many roles on behalf of the citizens in the State of Ohio. She has won seven elections at the local and state levels and was the youngest woman to ever win a seat in Cincinnati City Council’s history.
While attending Grambling State University, Ms. Reece made significant contributions inside and outside of the classroom. She played on the Grambling State University SWAC Championship Basketball team. Ms. Reece was also awarded the title of Miss. Grambling State University and served her college community with tremendous passion and commitment during her reign. A strong advocate for voting rights, Ms. Reece led a voter registration and mobilization campaign that activated thousands of college students.
With these remarkable achievements in college, Ms. Reece returned home to Cincinnati with the passion to make a positive difference in her community. As the youngest woman ever voted on the Cincinnati City Council, Ms. Reece was a pioneer in so many areas as well championed small businesses, health, public safety, economic issues and more throughout her tenure. During the riots of 2001, as Vice-Mayor of the City of Cincinnati, Ms. Reece was a part of the leadership for the creation of the City’s historic Collaborative Agreement that continues to serve as a national model for positive policing and improving public safety in communities of color.
Ms. Reece next returned to elected office and served four terms as an Ohio State Representative in Columbus, Ohio. During her time, she led numerous bi-partisan legislation and projects as well as served as the Co-Founder of the Governor’s Community Police Relations Taskforce. Ms. Reece also championed the Executive Order creating the State’s first Community Police Relations Collaborative Commission resulting in a statewide use of standards in community partnerships.
During her tenure in Columbus, Ms. Reece was also elected President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. In that role, Ms. Reece launched the State of Black Ohio Action Agenda that led to the largest minority business spend of $300 million dollars in Ohio’s history. She also championed the increased funding for Central State University, secured hundreds of thousands in funding for job training partnerships with Urban Leagues and Community Action Agencies across the State.
Ms. Reece is an entrepreneur and serves as an Advertising, Marketing, and Political Consultant as well as speaks nationally. Ms. Reece is the Host of the popular Alicia Reece Soulfood, which is a national radio show and podcast that airs weekly.