Serving as current Chair of the Economic Development, Environment, and Administration committees, Emmanuel previously chaired the Public Service and Transportation Committee. During his current tenure on council, he has worked to meet and better understand the needs of each neighborhood in Columbus. Under Emmanuel’s direction, the city has installed more sidewalks around schools to assure safe routes to school, decreased the amount of litter, debris, and illegal dumping throughout the city, and is currently working to provide Columbus residents tools for a safer Columbus.
Prior to joining Council, Emmanuel spent the past six years as the president of the Northland Community Council. As president, Emmanuel worked with Northland’s police liaisons, the City Attorney’s office and other city and state entities to close down five crime-ridden hotels by having them declared a nuisance. This success led to Emmanuel advocating for licensing requirements to help shutdown “problem” hotels in other parts of the city. Currently, crime in the neighborhoods surrounding these hotels has gone down more than 50%. In 2015, Emmanuel also spent a great deal of time working on the redevelopment of the Morse Road corridor and the reauthorization of the Morse Road Special Improvement District (SID).
Emmanuel works as a Realtor by trade, specializing in the residential market to help buyers realize their dreams. Emmanuel is married to his wife, Liz, who is a Columbus City School teacher finishing her 16th year. They have three children enrolled in Columbus City Schools.