About DRAC

The creation of the Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus (DRAC) grew out of a group project of the 2003 Class of Leadership Columbus and made its debut on July 21, 2003 at the CityHop Tour of downtown homes.

DRAC is a non-profit organization comprised of downtown residents, urban partners, and other Columbus residents who have an interest in the ongoing development of our community. DRAC promotes downtown Columbus as a viable place to live, work, and play.

Monthly meetings are open to everyone and are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Its a great way to meet other downtown residents, get tuned-in to the newest developments, and get involved with other like-minded individuals that seek to build a strong community of neighbors and businesses.

Loving downtown doesn’t mean you have to live here, that’s why we invite you to attend our monthly meetings. Each meeting is held at a different downtown location to promote our businesses, services, and historic sites. In addition, you get to meet many like-minded people who all share a common interest in experiencing the great things our downtown has to offer!

With our amazing connections throughout the city, DRAC is committed to sharing the latest news and developments impacting our community. At our monthly meetings, guest speakers provide a brief presentation on the latest issues, developments and causes that help make us more informed citizens.

Have a concern, question, or recommendation? Let us know! DRAC is often used as a sounding board for civic issues and new developments that impact the community. We celebrate the best of city life and advocate for the improvements that will make downtown Columbus an even better place for everyone.

Become a member of DRAC!

Our Board Members (2014-15)

Susan Ungar President
Dan Stover Vice President
Charles Williams Secretary
William Thomas Treasurer
Elizabeth Brown Advocacy Co-Chair
Brent Simonds Advocacy Chair
Darcy Moxon Volunteer Chair
Amy Schmittauer Meetings Chair
Julie Walcoff Membership Co-Chair
Megan Hudson Membership Co-Chair
Lisa Knapp Marketing Chair

Our Bylaws

Click here to read an updated version of the DRAC bylaws, voted on by members in February 2013.



What do the letters “DRAC” mean?
DRAC is an acronym for Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus.

What is DRAC?
DRAC is a non-profit, membership organization comprised of residents, businesses, and others dedicated to promoting downtown as a great place to live, work and play.

What are the downtown boundaries?
The boundaries of it are I-670 to the north, I-70 to the south, I-71 to the east and the Scioto River to the west.

When do your monthly meetings occur?
Our monthly meetings are scheduled on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30PM. Meetings are held at a different location each month. Food and drinks are provided.

Do I have to live downtown to be apart of the organization?
Not at all. DRAC membership is open to everyone regardless of where they reside.

How do I become a DRAC member?
Becoming a DRAC member is easy. First pick the membership type (individual, business, or board) the register online through PayPal or in person at one of our monthly meetings.

What do I get with my membership?
Paid members get access to exclusive member-only events, extra member discounts, the ability to vote during the annual meeting, and additional member-only services throughout the year.

What is my email used for?
Email addresses will only be used to communicate upcoming events and updates. They are not shared with third parties.

Is DRAC politically affiliated?
No. DRAC is a non-partisan organization.

Are there leadership opportunities available?
Yes. There are several leadership opportunities, such as serving on our board, committee or on one of the several task forces set up throughout the year.

Who do I contact with questions?
Send us an email at dracolumbus@gmail.com.


Letters from DRAC


Cooper Stadium Neutral


Main Street Bridge Report

Hilton Skywalk Concerns

Police Redistricting Concerns


Shadowbox Cabaret Move Support

Columbus Commons Support


Cooper Stadium Concerns

Livingston Avenue Area Commission Formation Support


Columbus Streetcar Support