About Us


Our Mission: Know and Support Every Child

Existing Services





We integrate the capabilities of FutureReady Columbus, Learning Circle Education Services, and KidsOhio.org.

Message from the President


Dr. Lillian M. Lowery

FutureReady Columbus is a public-private partnership that resulted from the City of Columbus Mayor’s Education Commission.

This Commission included representatives from across the Columbus region, focused on college and workforce readiness for all citizens. With that charge, the FutureReady Columbus team have developed a strategic path forward that reflects the values and aspirations of the Columbus community in building a plan of action. This plan of action looks to local and national models with a bias for action, takes what we believe are the key components of having impact across education and related social supports, uses data to figure out what works, and seeks to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of this region. FutureReady Columbus’ the first areas of focus will address shared community goals and opportunities across the 0-24 continuum, build upon early successes in the community, and complement work that is already underway in the community. Please review the “About Us” section of this website to learn more detail about FutureReady Columbus’ scopes of work.


We are excited about the journey ahead and confident in the ability of the Columbus community to strengthen the education system in ways that put children at the center.


Thank you in advance for your partnership on the work ahead. We are eager to get started.

Dr. Lillian M. Lowery is currently the president-CEO of FutureReady Columbus (OH). Previously, Dr. Lowery served as the state superintendent of schools for the Maryland State Board of Education. Her state-level service began when she was appointed as Secretary of Education for the State of Delaware.

Board Members

  • Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Co-chair
  • George Barrett, Co-chair
  • Michael B. Coleman, Member
  • Bishop Timothy J. ClarkeMember
  • Tanny CraneMember
  • Dr. David Harrison, Member
  • Dr. Dan Good, Member
  • Kenneth WilsonMember

Staff Members

  • Dr. Lillian Lowery, CEO and President, FutureReady Columbus
  • Grasha Bannister, Executive Assistant to CEO
  • David DonaldsonChief Operating Officer
  • Allison Alexander, Director, Early Childhood Initiatives
  • LaShaun K. Carter, Director, Community Engagement
  • Marguerethe A. Jaede, Manager, Continuous Improvement
  • Don Cain, CFO
  • Angela Boucher, Office Manager

The Rationale Behind The First 5 Goals


Aligns with our long-term strategic direction


Able to be executed within six months to a year


Complements existing work in the FRC ecosystem

Future Ready

Signals to the community FRC action and future works

Our First 5 Goals

Our First 5 Goals

1 Increase the percentage of children ready for Kindergarten: 2019 – 70%; 2025 – 90%

2 Provide comprehensive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) guidance and support to FRC partners: 

Goal: 2020-3,500 kids and 28 agencies

3 Help families navigate resources: 2020-Sites in Linden, Hilltop, and Franklinton

4 Expand Workforce Readiness Pathways (LRNG) Pilot: 4,000 middle and high school students

5 Build a Robust Data Infrastructure: Launch Data Dashboard in Fall 2017

Our Strategic Direction & Operating Plan is Now Available.

Our Strategic Direction & Operating Plan is Now Available.