As a dedicated member of his community, Cincinnati native Chris Bortz balances his professional career as General Counsel and Special Projects Director for Towne Property with his civil service as a member of the Cincinnati City Council. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Drama from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, Chris Bortz attended the James E. Rogers College of Law at The University of Arizona in Tucson, where he earned his Juris Doctor. After several years as an educator, he joined his family business, Towne Property, a real estate management firm. Chris Bortz has served the City of Cincinnati as a City Council member since his election in 2005. As a member of numerous municipal committees, Chris Bortz helps direct budgets and finance, job creation, infrastructure, quality of life, and government operations. Appointed by the city mayor as Co-chair of the Growth and Opportunities Study (GO) for Cincinnati, he lent his expertise in finance and law to the study's mission of developing an overall economic growth strategy for the city. The study, a collaborative effort between such groups as the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and The Brookings Institution, focused on creating jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods, and building a workforce. Chris Bortz also developed the Government Cooperation and Efficiency Project, an effort that aims to improve overall efficiency through the exploration of municipal finances and how public services are implemented.