Partners Achieving Community Transformation

Honoring Our Heritage.
Building Our Future.


About PACT

PACT’s vision is to create a healthy, financially and environmentally sustainable community where residents have access to safe and affordable housing, quality healthcare and education, and employment opportunities on the Near East Side of Columbus, Ohio.

Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) is a partnership between the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and Near East Side stakeholders.


Purpose built communities

Purpose Built Communities is working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. It does so by helping local leaders transform struggling neighborhoods, and bringing together the vital components necessary for holistic community revitalization: high quality mixed-income housing, an effective cradle-to-college education pipeline, and comprehensive community wellness resources. In order to do this, it must be organized and driven by a single purpose non-profit community quarterback. In Columbus, that community quarterback is PACT.

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Our Partners

Our work would not be possible without our Partners. Through their support and insight we are able to actualize PACT’s vision for the historic Near East Side of Columbus.

Investment Partners

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Program and Funding Partners


Our Staff

David Cofer
Executive Director

Cassaundra Patterson
Business Manager

Tuhru Derden
Program Manager

David Foust
Program Manager

Our Board

Fred Ransier – Board Chair
Partner (Retired), Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP

Elizabeth Seely - Secretary/Treasurer
Chief Administrative Officer, Hospital Division, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Steven Schoeny
Development Director, City of Columbus

Bob Bitzenhofer
Assistant Vice President, Planning and Development, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Christopher Culley
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Ohio State University

Myia Batie
Coordinator of Policy and Programs, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH)

Larry Price
President and Chief Executive Officer, L. Price & Associates

William Murdock
Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Walker Evans
Founder and Editor, Columbus Underground

Robyn Judge
Vice President/Fed Reporting and Investment, Fifth Third Community Development Corporation