My name is Ria Megnin, and I am passionate about celebrating and empowering my fellow Ohioans here in the Greater Dayton region. Towards that goal, I am completing my dual master’s degree program at The Ohio State University in social work (May 2018) and public policy / management (John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Dec. 2018).
This is my second career following 14 years in newspaper journalism. The paths have much in common: both call for skills in listening, communication, public advocacy and individual empowerment. They share strong codes of ethics — and an often-hostile public perception, until we are needed. Both have taught me much about the challenges and potential of this brave, cutting-edge city and its diverse communities.
I see the people of Dayton and Ohio doing the hard work of navigating relationships, health, employment, and community in a fast-changing world. As 21st century life grows ever more complex, I look forward to standing together in embracing our new opportunities while preserving our humanity. Come join us! The future truly is what we make it to be.