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Alison D. Goebel, Ph.D.


Executive Director,
Greater Ohio Policy Center

Dr. Alison Goebel is the executive director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC). She has been with GOPC since 2010 and has held a number of positions within the organization during that time. Today, Goebel is responsible for charting GOPC's strategic direction, directing the research, advocacy, and outreach teams, and securing resources for this work. She is the author of a number of research reports and policy briefs related to the revitalization of weak-market, legacy cities, transportation funding, and local governance structures in Ohio. From 2005 to 2009, Goebel periodically lived in Mansfield, Ohio where she conducted long-term qualitative research on social relationships in a small city setting.

Goebel holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio.  She is a graduate of Leadership Ohio and was elected by her class as the recipient of the 2014 "Leader Among Leaders" award.