Letter from the Executive Director
Bhumika
12/15/2021

Meet our First-Ever Director of Membership & Community Engagement!

The Human Service Chamber of Franklin County (HSC) is excited to announce that Bhumika Patel is the new Director of Membership & Community Engagement. In this new role for HSC, Patel will oversee, improve, and expand the shared professional services and shared resources available to HSC’s 130-plus member nonprofits, and will be building relationships with the health and human services community and the stakeholders who support it. 

“I’m excited about working for the Human Service Chamber to support these nonprofits in our community who do the hard work of serving those most in need in our society,” Patel said. 

She comes to HSC after having spent nearly four years at the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), another members-based organization which serves Ohio’s county Public Children Services Agencies. In her most recent position, Patel was the Ohio START Coordinator for PCSAO, helping to implement training and technical assistance for the Ohio START program

Previously, Patel spent nearly 6 years working on the issue of human trafficking at a state and regional level. She was the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator for PCSAO working on a statewide initiative from 2018-2020 to improve outcomes for child and youth victims of human trafficking involve in Ohio’s child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. Prior to joining PCSAO, she spent four years at the Salvation Army of Southwest Ohio as the Regional Coalition Specialist engaging organizations and individuals in regional efforts to enhance the collaborative response to human trafficking.

Born in India and raised in a small town in Georgia, Patel lived in Cincinnati before moving to Columbus in 2018. She has an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College.

Patel is a board member and 2018 fellow of the Columbus chapter of New Leaders Council, an organization dedicated to training and connecting cross-sector leaders who are passionate about creating change. Patel is also a board member and longtime volunteer for OPAWL, a grassroots community organization that organizes for social justice and seeks to elevate the voices and leadership of progressive Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Ohio. 

“Bhumika brings tremendous ability, intelligence, compassion, and urgency to this work, and will be able to dramatically increase our capacity to meet the complex needs of our membership in the pivotal months and years ahead,” said Michael Corey, Executive Director of the Human Service Chamber. “We will continue doing all we can to help our members leading the community through 2022, and Bhumika’s resolve and to serve everyone in need in Franklin County will be a tremendous asset for all of us in the Columbus Region.”