Keynote Speakers – Ohio Land Bank Conference 2013

Mike DeWine

Attorney General, State of Ohio


Mike DeWineOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine started his career as a County Prosecutor. DeWine had seen violent offenders get off with light
sentences. Out of that experience, he changed the law to add extra‐time for those who use a gun to commit a crime. He continued
to protect victims through his work in the U.S Congress, where he received numerous awards
from victim rights organizations. And, as Ohio Lieutenant Governor, DeWine worked to reform
our parole system so that violent offenders remained locked up.
“In the U.S. Senate, I promoted the emerging DNA technology, establishing and expanding a
truly national database for DNA, fingerprint, and ballistics information, so that violent offenders
‐‐ no matter where they traveled ‐‐ could be caught and prosecuted.” DeWine specifically
targeted funds to Ohio’s crime lab ‐‐ the Bureau of Criminal Investigation ‐‐ to keep our families

While others were on the sidelines, Mike DeWine has, for over 30 years, fought to protect the
unborn. He was one of a handful of U.S. Senators to lead the charge to ban the horrific partialbirth
abortion practice. DeWine wrote and pushed for passage of the Unborn Victims of
Violence Act, which for the first time, created a federal law recognizing that an unborn child is a
separate victim when the mother is attacked. And, he wrote the “DeWine Amendment” each
Congress to prohibit federal tax dollars from being used to pay for insurance to provide abortion

Michael DeWine was born on January 5, 1947, in Springfield, Ohio, and grew up in Yellow
Springs. He married his high school sweetheart Frances Struewing while both were students at
Miami University. After graduating from Miami, DeWine attended Ohio Northern Law School,
and was awarded his JD degree in 1972. The DeWines have resided in Cedarville Township since
Mike graduated from law school. They attend St. Paul’s Catholic Church and are the parents of
eight children: Patrick, Jill, Rebecca, John, Brian, Alice, Mark, and Anna. Fran and Mike are now the grandparents of 19

Erika C. Poethig

Director of Urban Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute


Erika C. PoethigErika C. Poethig is Institute Fellow and Director of Urban Policy Initiatives at the Urban Institute. In this role, she assembles experts
from throughout the Institute to tackle policy challenges facing urban America in the 21st century. She leads efforts to better use the
Institute’s vast resources to inform mayors, county executives, and local civic leaders across regional economies who are working on
the ground to spur growth, expand opportunities, and improve the lives of people in their
communities. She is also developing new clusters of work that examine how specific
populations are affected by a range of policies.

Most recently, Poethig served as acting assistant secretary for policy development and
research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she led 150
staff responsible for research, policy analysis and program development assistance, and
information collection and analysis on housing needs, economic conditions, and housing
market conditions at the regional, metropolitan, and local levels. She was also a leading
architect of the White House Council for Strong Cities and Strong Communities. Poethig has
also served as deputy assistant secretary for policy development. At the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, she was associate director for affordable housing. She
also served as assistant commissioner for policy, resource and program development at the
City of Chicago’s Department of Housing. In the late 1990s, she developed Mayor Daley’s
campaign to combat predatory lending, prevent foreclosures, and stabilize communities. She
also led city support for a newly created state‐issued tax credit for donations to not‐forprofit
organizations developing affordable housing. Previously, she was associate project
director of the Metropolis Project, which produced the Metropolis 2020 agenda for regional
leadership around the major issues faced by the metropolitan Chicago area. Poethig was a
Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna,
and graduated with honors with a master’s degree in public policy from the University of