Christa Colasante, senior consultant, is president of CMC Consulting Services, LLC with clients in Ohio and Illinois. CMC Consulting Services is a political and advocacy consulting company for state and local affairs, along with building successful campaigns, coalitions and event planning. Before launching her own company, Ms. Colasante worked in Ohio politics for over 20 years and was the senior legislative aide for the Senate Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee. She has also worked as an administrative and legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. Her portfolio of legislative issues included insurance, commerce, finance, education, transportation, pensions, labor and Workers’ Compensation. Christa’s experience in government relations was as a lobbyist for two insurance trade associations representing independent insurance agents at the Ohio Statehouse. Christa is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute and a recipient of many community awards due to her civic involvement. She's a graduate of Bishop Watterson High School and Capital University with a degree in political science. At Capital she was elected to student government and served as student body president and vice president.