The Columbus Human Rights Commission Staff & Commissioners

The Human Rights Department has a total of three (3) staff members with an office located on the first floor of City Hall. We welcome the opportunity to speak to you or your organization about community education, outreach, or individual technical assistance.

Panelists from the 2019 Human Rights Commission Annual Dinner

Panelists from the 2019 Human Rights Commission Annual Dinner

Aida Ramirez is a Northwest Indiana native who joined the Commission in 2013 as Deputy Director before being promoted to Director the following year. Aida received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Prior to moving to Columbus and joining the Commission, Aida worked with the Marion County Circuit Court to increase access to justice in the Marion County Small Claims Courts by implementing the 2012 Indiana Court of Appeals Task Force Recommendations. Specific objectives were increasing access to justice for Limited-English Proficient persons and those with physical and hearing impairments, decreasing barriers to participation in the pro se litigant process by providing draft uniform court forms and a litigant manual explaining the process and making it available to the public online, and providing technical assistance and guidance in drafting local Marion County Small Claims Rules aimed at achieving these objectives and increasing transparency in the courts.

Department StaffOrganizational Chart (PDF) 

Aida Ramírez, J.D.
Human Rights Director
Phone: 812.376.2532

Erica Schmidt, MPA
Human Rights Deputy Director
Phone: 812.376.2532

Brooke Moore
Human Rights Office Manager
Phone: 812.376.2532

Human Rights Commission

NameTermExpiresAppointed By
Mike Champlin*3 Years3/31/26City Council
Joy Basa-King3 Years3/31/26City Council
Sondra Bolte3 Years3/31/25City Council
Tyler Davis 3 years 3/31/26City Council
Richard Gold3 Years3/31/25City Council
Amanda Roggow 3 years3/31/26City Council
Joseph Joyner3 Years3/31/27City Council
Matt Souza3 Years3/31/25City Council
Graciela Spencer1 Years3/31/25City Council
VACANT3 Years3/31/25City Council
VACANT3 Years3/31/24City Council
*Chairperson of Commission

Department Attorney: Mary Stroh, Assistant City Attorney
City Council Liaison: Frank Miller

Location: The meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

**In order to take necessary COVID-19 precautions and keep in compliance with Open Door Law (ODL) meetings are being held in the Council Chambers located in City Hall and virtually via WebEx with phone access until further notice. Members of the public who will participate electronically and wish to submit questions or comments can do so via e-mail to**

The monthly Human Rights Commission meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month, with the exception of November and December due to the holidays.

2024/2025 Officers
Chairpersons – Mike Champlin
Vice-Chairperson – Richard Gold
Secretary – Sondra Bolte
Treasurer – Amanda Roggow

Commissioner application.