Charles Willoughby

Senior Government Relations Advisor


As McNees Wallace and Nurick’s Columbus, Ohio-based lobbyist, Charles does more than debate “may” versus “shall” with lawmakers. He has more than a dozen years’ experience achieving successful results for public, private and political organizations by working with government leaders and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. He is passionate about gaining a deep knowledge of each client’s individual needs and developing strategies to efficiently achieve their goals, while communicating with the proper audience in real and effective terms. His unique position within MWN also allows him to work directly with in-house associates, partners, specialists, and external clients as editor, analyst, consultant, “sherpa”, and sometimes counselor.

Throughout his career, Charles has produced results for organizations across a wide range of industries – from gaming and criminal justice, to education and economic development, to public utilities, transportation and critical infrastructure, and most recently on behalf of business associations including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, American Municipal Power, and the Industrial Energy Users of Ohio.

No matter which hat he’s wearing, his goal is simple – to inform clients and organizations how legislative or regulatory change can directly support their business, to drive measurable results, and to ensure his clients have a consistent seat at the table that best represents them.

Mr. Willoughby holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Political Science & History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is a native of N. Canton, Ohio and resides in Liberty Township in Delaware County where he and his wife Stephanie welcomed their daughter, Leni to world in the fall of 2020.


Miami University, B.A., 2008

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