Doug Arseneault
Central Ohio Transit Authority, Public Affairs Administrator

As Public Affairs Administrator for the award-winning Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Doug is responsible for community engagement and public involvement in COTA’s major projects and initiatives. A strong believer in public-private partnerships, Doug works closely with the City of Columbus and Columbus Partnership as the transit agency’s strategic liaison to Smart Columbus for the creation of infrastructure and technology to improve transit user experience. Doug also manages the relationships between COTA and emerging transportation services, including car-, bike-, scooter- and ride-sharing, and chairs COTA’s Mobility as a Service task force on partnerships with mobility providers. Doug serves as COTA’s primary public policy analyst and local government advocate, advising executive leadership on strategies to support COTA’s legislative goals and public policy agenda.

Outside of work, Doug is a 2016 graduate and recurring mentor in the Next Level Trainings leadership program, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year for community-serving nonprofits. Doug has been involved in groundbreaking campaigns to support the Military Veterans Resource Center, Nelly’s Champions for Kids, and Local Matters.

Prior to joining moving to Columbus, Doug oversaw the advocacy program of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association in Los Angeles, California, specializing in transportation, land use and planning, entertainment industry and aviation issues. Doug was very active in the California Young Democrats from 2007-2015, rising from regional director to national committeeman to Young Democrats of America. At the national level, he was appointed Rules Committee Chair and served as the co-chair of the 2015 National Convention Committee. Locally, he served as communications director and fundraising chair for the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats. Doug was also the first-ever executive director of a local YD chapter, overseeing the 2010 field program of the Orange County Young Democrats.

In 2018, Doug was recently named one of the 52 Young Professionals to Know by City Pulse magazine. He will join the Create Columbus Commission in 2019.

Doug’s vision is to build physical and social infrastructure in post-conflict zones. His commitment to global citizenry grew out of his decade of experience with the National Model United Nations conference in New York.

Doug is a native of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and graduate of Chapman University in Orange, California and Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. He lives in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood with his fiancée and 2018 NLC Columbus fellow Brooke Wojdynski.