Next Up Columbus 2024: Latyna M. Humphrey

Latyna M. Humphrey

Photo courtesy of Latyna M. Humphrey

Interview by Derek Grosso

Name: Latyna M. Humphrey
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Age: 31
Profession: State Representative, Ohio House of Representatives
Neighborhood: East Columbus
Education: Columbus State Community College, Franklin University
Community Involvement: Vice Chair, Correctional Institutional Inspection Committee; Ranking Member, Government Oversight Committee; Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review; Criminal Sentencing Commission; Co-Chair, Ohio Legislative Children’s Caucus; Secretary, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus; Vice Chair, Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee
Motto: Don’t believe anything to be true, if you do not recognize it to be so. -Rene Descartes
Connect: LinkedIn

Representative Latyna M. Humphrey proudly represents Ohio’s 2nd House District, bringing a wealth of experience and commitment to her role. A Columbus native, Latyna graduated from Columbus East High School, earned an Associate of Arts from Columbus State Community College and sought a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied psychology from Franklin University before embarking on a career in public service.

As a single mother and two-time published author, Representative Humphrey’s advocacy work and speaking engagements at institutions like Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Ohio State University & more have earned her national recognition. Her legislative priorities include criminal justice reform, workforce development, housing, and childcare.

In her tenure, Representative Humphrey has emerged as a leading voice within the Democratic caucus, championing legislation that directly impacts her constituents. Collaborating with local officials and community partners, she organizes impactful events and secures funding for district initiatives. Not only is Representative Humphrey making real legislative changes, but she is also actively involved in the community. She organizes numerous events, from resource fairs to panel discussions, collaborating with city officials, organizations, and national recording artists to bring valuable resources and events to the district.

What gets you up in the morning? And what gets you through the workweek?
I get up every morning with the understanding that there are people who are depending on me to lead appropriately and bring resources back to my district. But, even more that I am a single Mother to an 11 year old boy who needs me & watches everything it is that I do. So, to that end– I understand that I am his first example of adulthood. Those things combined keep me going.

What advice or mentors have helped guide you along the way?
The most recent & relevant advice I received to date— was to “Never let anyone know your bills better than you & always be prepared.”

Franklin Co. Court of Appeals Judge, David Leland
(Advice was given during his tenure as a State Legislator)

What do you do or where do you go to unwind?
In order for me to unwind, I need total solitude. So, for me that means being at home asleep with brown noise playing in the background or on my back patio alone scrolling on Pinterest.

What are a few of your favorite local spots in Columbus?
Hands-down! Golden Phoenix on Cleveland Ave. I always order “Salt & Pepper Wings” with White Rice and Red Sauce. I encourage people to try GP out.

When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a decorated athlete! I ran Track & Field for over 10 years and traveled all across the US competing. I was good! However, I feel the mindset of an athlete has stuck with me. Thus, is why I believe I’ve transcended so many obstacles despite the adversity that has been thrown my way.

What books or podcasts are you reading/listening to right now?
Let’s try this Again Podcast, The Autobiography of former State Representative C.J. McLin, Jr. “Dad, I served”.

What does it mean to you to be chosen for the Next Up Columbus award?
It is an honor & privilege to be recognized for the things that I’ve been able to accomplish. The work I do is truly for the betterment of Ohioans. I don’t do the things I do for credit but rather because it’s my job to deliver. So, thank you for this recognition and truly seeing me as a Public Servant.

If someone were to ask you what the “pulse” of Columbus is, what would you tell them?
Columbus is booming with a plethora of opportunities for people to succeed. It is a vibrant city that will continue to get better so long as commUNITY remains at it’s center.

The Next Up Columbus Awards highlight emerging leaders who are connectors and ambassadors in central Ohio and who are making a positive impact on the future of Columbus. The Columbus Young Professionals Club would like to offer special thanks to our 2024 co-presenters, Discover Financial, Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Edison Brewing Co. for their support of this year’s awards program. Meet the entire “Class of 2024” »


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