About Us


Laurie Stein Marsh, Executive Director

Laurie Stein Marsh has inspired the lives of Columbus’ most influential leaders. For the past 28 years, Laurie has served as the Executive Director of Leadership Columbus, the fifth ranked top community leadership program in the country. Every year, she develops an experiential and state of the art curriculum that reflects the current and critical issues facing Columbus. Graduates of the program leave with a strong sense of civic responsibility and the desire to become true stewards who “hold our community in trust”.     

Laurie is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. She has had extensive training in group process and facilitation skills from the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP) and has been certified as a prevention consultant in chemical dependency issues.

Laurie recently received certification from nationally recognized BoardSource as a certified nonprofit board governance trainer. Leadership Columbus will be incorporating these best practices into an education program for participants, alumni and the community at large. 

To engage others in our community and gain a sense of ownership, Laurie believes one has to be passionate and knowledgeable about Columbus but also has to “walk the talk”.

Laurie was the past chair of Columbus Humane and has also served on the boards of the Thurber House, Community Shelter Board and Franklin County ADAMH Board, as well as the National Association of Leadership Professionals where she has shared best practices in community trusteeship training with programs around the country. 

In 2011, Laurie was a recipient of the prestigious Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA Columbus. She was one of four women inducted into the academy for her “above and beyond” contributions to the community. In 2013, Laurie received The Art of Recovery Award from Southeast Mental Health Center.  She recently received the “Legacy Leadership Award” from United Way’s Young Leadership Group at their 25th Anniversary Celebration.

She is married to Ty Marsh, executive director of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). Together they combine their love of Columbus in numerous community activities – but most of all, they love spending time in their 1920’s era home in the Columbus area of Old Beechwold.

Robbie Banks, CTA, Program Director

Robbie Banks is the program director at Leadership Columbus whose mission is to develop, connect and inspire diverse leaders who serve as catalysts in building a strong and vibrant community. She manages and directs programs that fulfill the Leadership Columbus mission and embrace a 21st century vision for community leadership development while embedding opportunities for participants to work on their leadership skills.

Banks worked in the hospitality industry as the director of visitor experience for Experience Columbus, the destination management organization for the Greater Columbus region. She launched and led the Experience Dedicated® Destination program, which works across hospitality industry sectors to enhance the city’s visitor experience. She also was responsible for the Greater Columbus Tourism Ambassador Program, part of a national certification program for front-line workers and volunteers. In five years, under Banks’ direction, the destination’s program grew to become the largest Certified Tourism Ambassador™ program in the U.S. and Bermuda. 

She led efforts directed at young professionals to attract and retain talent for five years at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. She was a point person for community issues related to young professionals and administrator for the Create Columbus Commission, in addition to managing the Chamber’s social media efforts. She also worked for the City of Columbus as an executive assistant to the director of technology and assistant to the Office of Mayor Michael B. Coleman.  

A Columbus native, Banks holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.S. in marketing and communication from Franklin University. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Columbus and a 2015 graduate of the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy. Banks serves on the Board of Trustees for I Know I Can and has served on the Leadership Columbus Board of Trustees, City of Columbus Vehicle for Hire Board, as a member of the Columbus Police Department’s Diversity Recruiting Council and the KICKBUTTColumbus! planning committee. She also has been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and chaired the promotions committee as a board member of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. In 2011 she was honored by the Young Professionals of Columbus with its Distinguished Citizen Award and was named among the 2010 class of Columbus Alive’s “People to Watch.” 

In her spare time, she enjoys expressing her creativity as a freelance make-up artist. Banks resides in Northwest Columbus with her partner Justin and their dogs, Jade and Marshmallow.