Honored as White House “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama, Chris Seelbach is serving his second term on Cincinnati City Council.
Prior to joining Council, Chris was the Vice President and CFO of a nationally recognized marketing and consulting firm, and also served on the staff of Cincinnati Vice-Mayor David Crowley. Chris graduated from Xavier University and the University of Dayton School of Law, and was recently a Bohnnet Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University.
Under Chris’ leadership, Cincinnati has grown in population for the first time in 60 years, thanks to efforts to invest in public transportation, diverse housing options in walkable neighborhoods and a thriving arts and entertainment scene.
Chris has been instrumental in helping create a city where all people are valued, regardless of income or background. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the homeless, led efforts to invest $10 million in shelters, including homeless status in the city’s hate crime legislation and enact a “homeless to work” program.
As Cincinnati’s first openly gay Councilmember, Chris has led efforts on behalf of the LGBT community to make Cincinnati the most LGBT-inclusive city in the country.
He worked to ensure that 100% of electricity supplied to Cincinnati homes is backed by renewable energy, provide meaningful job training to local workers, and has been a tireless advocate for humane issues on behalf of our animal friends.
The National Association of Social Workers named Councilmember Seelbach the 2015 “Elected Official of the Year.” Locally, Chris has been named “Best Elected Official” in Cincinnati by City Beat readers two years in a row.
Chris lives in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood with his long-time partner Craig Schultz, and their two cats, Ruthie & Riah.