Scarlett Bouder

President and Co-Founder

As president of ACS, Scarlett directs strategic communication planning, government relations and advocacy efforts, and policy analysis and strategy development for ACS clients.

ACS is one of the only female and minority owned consulting firms in Ohio and has gained a national reputation for not only its communication and strategy development expertise but also a deep understanding of policy and advocacy, especially for organizations within the early childhood and K-12 education sectors. In 2011, the northeast Ohio small business chamber of commerce, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), named ACS a “Ten Under 10” award winner. This COSE award is given annually to 10 small businesses with 10 employees or fewer to honor their ability to innovate, grow and reach ambitious goals. In 2015, ACS received a Platinum Award in the Communication Plan category of the MarCom Awards and was named a Weatherhead 100 Upstart Winner as one of the fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Scarlett has nearly 20 years of experience in government relations and communication. After helping to start ACS in 2004, she left the company in 2007 to join the administration of Governor Ted Strickland, where she was appointed Director of Communication & Marketing and later Chief of Staff at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, at the time, the state’s largest agency with an $18 billion budget. Scarlett rejoined ACS in 2009.

Scarlett also held government relations and communication positions for The Cleveland Metropolitan School District, The Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Ohio Alzheimer Council, and the Ohio Democratic House caucus races, where she developed and led strategic communication efforts for more than 20 local and statewide candidate and issue campaigns. She developed and led communication and marketing strategy for two cabinet level agencies, responsible for Medicaid, workforce and child welfare programs.

In addition to her professional commitments, Scarlett previously served on the boards of:

  • Dress for Success Columbus (Vice President);
  • Greater Cleveland Gay & Lesbian Center;
  • Environment Ohio;
  • Ohio Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council; and
  • Cuyahoga County Health & Human Services Levy Steering Committee.

Scarlett earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The College of Wooster. Scarlett, her husband, and two sons live in Columbus, Ohio.