"I'm not the type of person to complain and do nothing. So if there's a concern, and if I can help to address that concern, I'm going to step up.”
Being born and raised in Linden and North Linden and obtaining both a master and bachelors degree in business administration, started his career as a legislative aide through the encouragement of judge Eileen Paley and Nancy Sully.
Mr. Carter works as a legislative aide for the City of Columbus City Council. His position specializes in the cross communications and collaborations of Columbus community members, organizations and groups. Mr. Carter notes, “ There's a lot of great people in this city and there's people here who are doing really great work in our community. The sad part is that a lot of them don't know about each other. So everyone's doing redundant work, which is a good problem. But sometimes you can have a better program, if you collaborate with others who are in the same arena that you're working with. So for me, my job is to cross pollinate our community, let them introduce them to one another, and share the work that they're doing to allow them to build stronger connections to strengthen the work that they're doing”.
Jeffrey’s career touches every part of Columbus geographically, furthermore, it covers a wide range of people. Those who work, live, commute, and pay taxes in the City of Columbus have the right to be pointed in the proper channels to better their community. When having concerns about neighborhoods addressed, the city council is here for their residents. Those wanting change or answers can be connected to the proper departments related to concerns to ensure that issues are resolved.
Additionally, Jeffrey contributes to the Stonewall Columbus board. In 2017, noticing a diversity problem on the executive board, Jeffrey applied to be a part of the organization. After establishing he would be a great fit for the board, he now serves as secretary, with one more year left in his term.
When speaking on an area or location that represents Jeffrey’s work, he said the following, “So I really chomp at the bit to work on projects that are in our challenged neighborhoods, so Linden, the Near East Side, the King Lincoln district, Franklinton, the Hilltop. I like to do work in those areas, because there's a lot of folks in those communities that are not aware of the resources that are available to them. They're not really familiar with a lot of government services, so you have to really educate them, introduce them to our services, and try to open their mindset. So it might need a knock on our door or go through a community event that they're hitting with their ads to be able to share the work that We're doing so they can participate or just share their perspective.
When asked about a word that describes that work and neighborhood he comes from, Mr. Carter said, “It's a word that I like to say to everyone, to my family, my friends, my community. Not to sound redundant, but **love**. I make sure that I say I love you to the people I love, to my friends, sometimes people won't even see that I work with on a regular basis. I'm gonna give them a hug and say when they do something really great, or they break a barrier that they were uncomfortable trying to obtain or reach. I'm just like, you know what, I love you. I love the work that you're doing, and I appreciate you”.
To further elaborate on the amazing person who nominated him and his support system, this is what Jeffrey said about Lucy Frank, his mother Kathy Carter, his husband, and best friends, “Oh, Lucy Frank, she and I both work for Columbus city council member, Emanuel Remy, and we do a lot of great work together. We are always supportive of one another. I don't know why she necessarily nominated me, but I would say probably because of my positive energy, how we're out in the community, I'm always running opportunities, and chomping at the bit to speak to folks in the community, especially when someone is upset, especially if I noticed that maybe they have some type of developmental concern. I'm comfortable working with those communities, because I used to work with them in the past. So I'm always writing like, you know, I'll take care of it, I work with, I work with that difficult person, I'll work with that challenging person, and I, and I'll do my best. If I can't do anything for them, if I can't explain to them explain an issue to them in a way that they understand it, then I'll work to connect them with someone who can.
There's a village of folks who are around me to support me. I'm going to go ahead and say the first one would be my mother, Kathy Carter. She is just a beautiful person who's always looking to help folks as well. She works for Access Ohio, and she's helping folks in the community, find housing and find jobs and find resources for their mental and physical health. My husband will be the next one, Hunter Sully. He is a psychologist at OSU. I have a group of five best friends, Vincent Jimmerson, Maxine McKee, Raymond Balkan, and Anthony Marable. They are my circle. Then I have my boss, who was amazing to work for and thankful for the opportunity that I have, that's Councilmember Remy, Lucy Frank, you know, I love the work that I do, because I get to do it with them. Additionally, my mother in law, Nancy Sully, who introduced me to this field of work, big shout out to Nancy, I love Nancy.