cbuzz: Brandi Braun AL-Issa, YMCA of Central Ohio: How Strategy, Culture, Leadership and Coaching Intersect

May 1st, 2024

Brandi is passionate about how strategy, culture, leadership and coaching intersect to create impactful and thriving teams through sustained change stewardship. 

Brandi has been working in and serving the Columbus community since 2003; with over 16 years of public service and previously in the non-profit sector at the YMCA of Central Ohio. Brandi is an instructor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, where she teaches about leadership and change management, a MAPS instructor and a certified life and leadership coach. 

Her passion for human-centered strategy and leadership systems helps transform organizations and cultures to increase their effectiveness and impact. Brandi is the former Chief Advancement and Strategy Officer for the YMCA of Central Ohio where she oversaw strategy, community relations, marketing and communications. Prior to the YMCA, Brandi was the Deputy Innovation Officer for the City of Columbus, Chief of Community Relations for Columbus Recreation and Parks, Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Ohio Department of Commerce and Assistant City Administrator for the City of Gahanna.

Brandi is a graduate of Leadership Columbus and a member of the 2021 Forty Under Forty Class. She has her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Administration.

About the YMCA of Central Ohio

The Y is the original social enterprise and one of Central Ohio’s leading nonprofits committed to helping all people reach their full potential through empowering youth and families, improving individual and community health and sparking social change to help our neighbors. Strengthening community is our cause and we offer inclusive programming and services focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. As part of the fabric of Central Ohio for more than 168 years and a vital community asset, the Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. For more information about the YMCA of Central Ohio, visit ymcacolumbus.org.

To learn more about the YMCA of Central Ohio, visit https://www.ymcacolumbus.org/.

Tune in today as Brandi Braun AL-Issa, Former Chief Advancement and Strategy Officer of the YMCA of Central Ohio, sits down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to discuss: How Strategy, Culture, Leadership and Coaching Intersect.

A note about cbuzz production: We are thrilled to be back recording episodes for our Central Ohio community. Stay tuned for new episodes, which will share the stories of some of our best and brightest Columbus Chamber members. Thank you to our listeners for their patience and understanding as we worked to establish a virtual recording setup. You can learn about Capital University here and learn more about cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt here.

Cbuzz is the Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s business-focused podcast and was named Best Business Podcast in 2019 by the Columbus Podcast Awards. The show is produced in partnership with Capital University and its students, and the show is hosted by Mikaela Hunt, brand journalist and storyteller.