our staff

Susan jagers, director

Susan Jagers joined the Ohio Poverty Law Center as its Director in February 2018 after 10 years as a government affairs and communications consultant. As a consultant, she helped clients develop messages and strategies to successfully move their issues at the Ohio Statehouse. Susan served as director of the government relations department of a large Ohio nonprofit and was the co-chair of the successful 2006 SmokeFreeOhio campaign. Susan served eight years as a member of Grandview Heights City Council and holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Dayton and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Email: sjagers@ohiopovertylaw.org
Phone: (614) 827-0549

Graham Bowman, Attorney

Graham Bowman received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in Spring of 2013 with certificates in public interest and health law. During law school Graham was active with Loyola’s Medical-Legal Partnership and worked for a variety of non-profit law firms focused on access to health care, including the Shriver Center and the National Health Law Program. In 2013, Graham was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship with the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. He organized legal clinics for homeless youth at shelters, health clinics, and high schools throughout Chicago and successfully advocated for various changes to state law and policy regarding the rights of homeless youth to apply for public benefits and access health care.

Email: gbowman@ohiopovertylaw.org
Phone: (614) 824-2502

Tim Johnson, Policy Advocate

Tim Johnson joined the Ohio Poverty Law Center in July 2019, after having spent six years in state government. During his time working for the state, Tim was both a staffer to several members of the General Assembly and the senior policy advisor to the Senate Minority Caucus. As senior policy advisor, Tim worked on health and human services initiatives on behalf of the caucus while also focusing on tax and insurance policy. Tim graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2012 where he received his degree in political science. While at Bowling Green Tim was the Director of Student Concerns for the Resident Students Association and helped to shed light on various issues affecting students. As an advocate with OPLC, Tim looks forward to working on education and health policy, as well as other issues impacting low-income Ohioans.

Email: tjohnson@ohiopovertylaw.org
Phone: 614) 827-0549

Megan O’Dell, Attorney

Megan O’Dell joined the Ohio Poverty Law Center in June 2018 and focuses on issues related to barriers to employment, reentry, and housing. Prior to joining OPLC, Megan spent four years as a Staff Attorney at the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office where she provided criminal defense to indigent individuals. In addition to her regular docket, Megan was the Attorney Coordinator for CATCH Court, representing victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and prostitution. Megan graduated from the Ohio State University in the spring of 2014 with her law degree and master’s degree in public policy and management.

Email: Modell@ohiopovertylaw.org
Phone: (614) 827-0549