Vernon Sykes

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Democratic Ohio

State House (Ohio 44)

Family: Wife: Barbara Sykes; 2 Children

Born: 10/02/1951 Forrest City, AR

Home: Akron, Ohio

Religion: Christian

Education: PhD, Public Administration/Urban Studies, University of Akron/Cleveland State University, 2001 MPA, Public Administration, Harvard University, 1986 Attended, MPA Program, Public Administration, Kent State University, 1978-1985 MS, Social and Applied Economics, Wright State University, 1980 BA, Management, Ohio University, 1974

Profession: Director, Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues/Assistant Professor, Political Science, Kent State University, 2001-present Assistant Professor of Social Science, Associate Studies Department, University of Akron, 1998-2001 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Political Science, University of Akron, 1981-1998 Planner, Research and Evaluation, Summit County Criminal Justice Commission, 1977-1979 Assistant Fiscal Officer, Summit County Criminal Justice Commission, 1976-1977 Senior Management Specialist, Economic Development Program, United Neighborhood Council, 1975-1976

Political: Representative, Ohio State House of Representatives, 1983-2000, 2006-present Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Ohio State House of Representatives, 1993-1994 Councilman, Akron City Council, Third Ward, 1980-1983

Congressional Membership: Human Services Advisory Board, County of Summit, 1985-1997 President, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, 1993-1995

Organization Membership: Advisory Committee, Center for Conflict Management, University of Akron, 1999-present Hiram College Board of Visitors, 1999-present Minority Affairs Advisory Council, The Ohio State University, 1997-present Advancing Up Program, University of Akron, 1996-present MSW Visiting Committee, Social Work Department, University of Akron, 1995-present President's Minority Advisory Council, University of Akron, 1988-present Member/Past President, Akron/Summit Community Action Agency, 1977-present Presidential Rank Review Board, United States Office of Personnel, 1993 Chair, President's Blue Ribbon Task Force, Black Cultural Center, University of Akron, 1991-1992 Ohio Job Training Coordinating Council, 1982-1983 Third Vice-Chair, Akron Small Business Corporation, 1981-1983 Chair, Advisory Council, Minority Business Enterprise, 1981-1983 Northeastern Four County Organization, 1981-1983 Advisory Council, Akron/Summit/Medina Employment Training Consortium, 1978-1981 BlancOne Community Advisory Board Cuyahoga Vally Association Friends of Wooster Branch Public Library United Disabilities Services United States Postal Service/Customer Advisory Council Western Economic Association International

Committees:

Consumer Affairs and Economic Protection

Faith-based Initiatives

Finance and Appropriations

Local Government

State Government and Elections

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