Vice President of Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation
Jessica Powell joined The Port in 2017 to help manage neighborhood revitalization in the overall execution of the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation’s (“Landbank”) board-driven mission and policies. Managed by The Port since 2012, the Landbank is an important tool addressing vacant and abandoned properties. In this role, Jessica works closely with the neighborhood revitalization team and community development corporations so that she can effectively support and lead holistic, program-driven initiatives that restore properties to productive use. She works closely with the City of Cincinnati and other jurisdictions and community stakeholders to affect management and stewardship of Landbank-owned properties
Jessica brings to the position more than 15 years of legal experience in the areas of housing and neighborhood improvement. She served as a Chief Counsel at the City of Cincinnati’s Law Department, where she focused on improving neighborhood quality of life through affirmative litigation and other strategic advocacy. Before that, she served as Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, LLC. Jessica’s experience includes advocacy related to affordable housing and local and statewide legislative advocacy related to neighborhood blight.
Jessica earned her juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She was nominated by City of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley to the FC Cincinnati Community Coalition. She also serves on the Hamilton County Foreclosure Policy Group, Vacant Properties Task Force and the City of Cincinnati’s Community Development Advisory Board.