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Senior Strategic Counsel
Press Secretary

Ellen Lander Nischt
166 South High Street, 2nd Floor
Akron, OH  44308
[email protected]

Ellen Lander Nischt serves as Press Secretary and Senior Strategic Counsel for the City of Akron and Mayor Horrigan.  As Press Secretary, Ms. Nischt manages relationships with all print, digital, tv, and radio media outlets, issues press releases, hosts press conferences, and serves as spokesperson for the City.  As Senior Strategic Counsel, Ms. Nischt supports, coordinates and communicates the City’s legislative, strategic, and operational goals and initiatives, both internally and externally.  She serves as the liaison between the Mayor’s Office and the Office of the President of Akron City Council.

Ms. Nischt is an attorney with extensive experience in municipal law.  Ms. Nischt previously served as an Assistant Director of Law for the City of Akron, where she drafted legislation and contracts, handled public record requests, and represented the City in litigation and administrative complaints at the local, state, and federal level.  She has experience with a diverse array of legal issues from ethics, first amendment, zoning, employment, discrimination, home rule, economic development, and more. 

The first person in her family to graduate from college, Ms. Nischt holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Akron and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law, where she graduated valedictorian. The position of Senior Strategic Counsel allows her to bring together her experience and roles in law, policy and public relations.

Nischt lives in Akron with her husband and young son.

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