Akron mayor fills two new leadership positions in administration


Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan announced appointments to two senior positions in his office, including strategic advisor to the mayor and director of communications.

The new strategic advisor has a background in law and environmental studies

Emily Collins joins the city from Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, an environmental justice nonprofit she founded and led from 2013 to March 2022 with offices in Akron, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

In addition to practicing law, she has also taught various environmental and legal courses at the University of Pittsburgh and Williams Honors College at the University of Akron.

As the mayor’s strategic advisor, she will “develop, execute and accelerate progress” toward the city’s strategic goals by identifying problems and pursuing solutions.

Communications Specialist promoted to Director of Communications

Stephanie Marsh

Stephanie Marsh has been part of the city’s communications team since 2019. With her promotion from communications and media supervisor to communications manager, she will oversee Akron’s professional communications, press relations, event coordination and community engagement strategies.

Prior to joining the city, she worked at PR Newswire in Cleveland for five years.

Jake Bell, who previously served as the city’s media coordinator, will take on Marsh’s previous role.

The city is busy now applications for an entry-level communications position to complete the team. Applications are due April 15.


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