Hilber chosen as city’s new head of community development


Columbus Mayor-elect Mary Ferdon has announced that Robin Hilber, the city’s current assistant director of community development, will become the department’s director in January.

“Robin has been a valuable member of the community development team for almost eight years,” Ferdon said in a release. “Her experience, strategic ideas and community engagement has been valuable to the city and I look forward to her continued service.”

At present, Ferdon serves as the city’s director of administration and community development. However, city officials have said that the 2024 budget and salary ordinance split the position into two different roles, with the city also creating a new administration office.

The mayor-elect announced in late November that Eric Frey, longtime executive director of the Administrative Resources association, will be the city’s new executive director of administration.

As director of community development, Hilber will oversee the Housing Study and Community Needs Assessment, code enforcement, the community garden, and other community engagement projects.

Hilber is a graduate of Indiana University Kelley School of Business and began working for the city in 2016. She serves on the Just Friends Adult Day Center Board and the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center Board and is also a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

“I am honored to have been chosen as director of community development and look forward to continuing with Mayor-elect Mary Ferdon in her administration,” said Hilber. “We have accomplished so much over the last eight years with Mayor Lienhoop at the helm. This is an incredible opportunity to continue the great work of community development for the City of Columbus.”