A Record of Advancing Policies
In his elected offices, Commissioner Boyce has focused on ways to spend public money wisely, expand opportunities for under- served communities, train workers for better-paying jobs and champion the need for access to affordable healthcare. As Franklin County Commissioner, he has established the following:
- Developed and implemented the Franklin County Building Futures
Building Futures is an innovative program that helps low-income Franklin County
residents pursue careers in the skilled construction trades. These are industries like
carpentry, pipe fitting, and construction, where skilled workers are needed. It’s a first-
of-its-kind program and it is making a difference.
- Established the New American Advisory Council under the Board of Commissioners
The New American Advisory Council was established to identify challenges and barriers within the New American community and build a platform that promotes inclusivity and establishes effective solutions for positively integrating New Americans into a Democratic Society
- Initiated and helped to develop the Construction Inclusion Team and Construction Inclusion Plan
The Board of Commissioners adopted a Construction Inclusion Plan to conduct extensive outreach to small and emerging businesses, inclusive of Minority Business Enterprises. They have also created a Construction Inclusion Team to help lead efforts and monitor progress. These efforts identify use of local labor and providing opportunities for minority, disadvantaged and underrepresented firms and workers.
- Established the Economic Inclusion Advisory Council
The Board of Commissioners established the Franklin County Advisory Council on Economic Inclusion to develop diverse solutions to the challenges and barriers that hinder sustainable access to equal opportunity, build a platform that promotes inclusivity in business and the workforce, leverage collective knowledge across multiple disciplines. The Advisory Council on Economic Inclusion engages in a broad range of activities that support the growth of economic inclusion, make policy recommendations, and publish an annual report to the Commissioners and the community that outlines their activities and recommendations for small business and workforce policy initiatives, community partnerships and any other matters that foster economic inclusion in Central Ohio.
Prior Elected Service
In 2009, Governor Ted Strickland appointed Boyce Ohio Treasurer.. Armed with his public-sector experience from his days at city hall and the Ohio Statehouse and the business skills learned as head of Council’s finance committee, Boyce quickly began to make positive changes. He trimmed the Treasurer’s operating costs by 12 percent, slashed pension fund management fees by 63 percent and
launched the nation’s first web training for treasurers’ continuing education. His management achievements earned him the distinguished partner award by the National Association of Securities Professionals. Boyce was also named Chairman of the Financi
al Literacy Committee for the National Association of State Treasurers.
Boyce served on Columbus City Council from 2000-2009. During his nine years on Council, Boyce focused on youth and neighborhood issues. Later, as chairman of the finance committee, Boyce oversaw adoption of the city’s $1.3 million annual budget. Despite Columbus’ financial challenges, it was the largest city in the nation with a AAA Bond Rating from all three major bond rating agencies, a distinction that allowed the city to finance projects at a lower interest rate. Boyce also founded the Columbus Youth Commission, significantly expanded parkland and greenways, advocated for stronger civil rights laws (he wrote the city’s anti-racial profiling law) and championed policies that led to the creation or retention of more than 20,000 central Ohio jobs.
Commissioner Boyce is actively involved in the National Association of County Officials (NaCo), The following are his current committee assignments:
- 2017-2018: Member of Large Urban County Caucus, Member of Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee, Member of Immigration Reform Taskforce
- 2018 - 2019: Member of Large Urban County Caucus, Member of Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee, Vice Chair of Immigration Reform Task Force, Chair of Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs
- 2019 - 2020: Member of Large Urban County Caucus, Chair of Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Economic Mobility Leader, Member of the State and Local Advisory Council
Additionally, on the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio (CCAO), he serves as the Vice Chair of Metropolitan and Regional Affairs Committee, Member of General Government and Operations and
Taxation and Finance. He also serves as a board member on COCIC, SWACO, MORPC, CEPAC, Chair of Records Commission, Board member for County Investment Advisory Board, Board of Revision, Planning Commission, Emergency Management Agency and I Know I Can.
Commissioner Boyce has received many awards and honors, some of which include: Ebony Magazine’s National Award “30 Leaders under 30;” the National Council of Negro Women’s Community Service Award; The Society of Black Professionals’ Achievement Award; the Outstanding Role Model Award from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; the Outstanding Public Service Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; the Outstanding Service Award from the Franklin County Democratic Party; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award; International Fire Fighters Outstanding service Award; The Distinguished Partner Award from the National Association of Securities Professionals; served as a delegate to the 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions; was selected a United States Delegates to South Africa for the American Council of Young Political Leaders; and was honored in 2009 by Wilberforce University with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his distinguished career in public service, commitment to community, and dedication to higher education.
Boyce earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of Toledo and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Boyce is a member of St. Paul AME church.