January 2023

Social Justice Advocate Maude Hill Joins CUL

Community activist and social justice advocate Maude Hill is joining the Columbus Urban League (CUL) as Associate Vice President for Public and Community Affairs. Hill brings more than four decades experience in human services at the state and regional levels.

“Maude has earned the respect and trust of many Central Ohioans over her many years of service,” said Stephanie Hightower, President & CEO of the Columbus Urban League. “She shares our deep commitment to creating a more inclusive economy, stabilizing families and creating opportunities for underserved people to increase their earning power and wealth. We’re thrilled to coax her out of retirement as she will be a real force, deepening CUL’s impact and enhancing our community’s success.”

Hill began her career as a human services caseworker and served on the City of Cleveland’s Community Relations Board, later moving to Columbus to take a post in the Governor’s Office of Recovery Services and then serving in a variety of capacities with affordable housing provider, Homeport, where she was most recently the Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations.

She has also volunteered extensively, serving as an advisory board member of Greater Community Columbus Helping Hands, Inc., Chair of the IMPACT Community Action Agency Board, board member for Move to Prosper, Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Renaissance Community Development Corporation, Urban Minority Alcoholism Outreach Program, The Huntington Community Advisory Board, the Coalition of Homelessness and Housing in Ohio Advisory Board, the Columbus Apartment Association Crime Reduction Commission and the Freddie Mac Advisory Board for Dispel the Myth.

A member of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Hill is a dedicated mother of 11 children, a grandmother of 28 and great grandmother of 13. She was honored as a YWCA Woman of Achievement in 2018 and was a 2022 City of Columbus Hall of Fame Inductee by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

About The Columbus Urban League

The 105-year-old Columbus Urban League (CUL) is an advocate and resource for Black and urban communities that is dedicated to growing wealth, education, earning power and small businesses while also supporting strong families. Driven to advance racial equity and social justice, CUL has distinguished itself as an effective organization in numerous ways, including as one of only ten organizations to be selected for funding by One Million Black Women and by earning ranking as one of the top five percent of all 93 National Urban League affiliates. For more information, visit

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