Often found at the Columbus Commons, Goodale Park, or The Rossi, Ashley Lester has a passion for downtown Columbus, especially “making downtown a great place to live, work, and play.” What is truly unique about her job are the visual results on the landscape of the downtown area. “It’s tangible – I can see what we do, see it in action. Great things are taking shape,” she said.
Her favorite part is watching everyone enjoy themselves. “Seeing the park [Columbus Commons] in use. Weekly Commons for kids represents what the community is. It is something cool to see kids in a green space surrounded by a downtown environment.”
Unfortunately, it’s not all fun and games.
“It is a challenge being a big city non-profit and dealing with the skepticism. Some people are passive,” she says. The positive side remains the non-profit itself. “The inherent mission is to provide vibrant and active downtown and we are able to stay true to that.”
Lester’s notes for newcomers follows a common Columbus thread: “There’s always something to do; there’s always friendly people around… you came to the right place!”