Get to know Grace

Grace with her family celebrating her mother’s The Republic’s Woman of the Year award in 2018.

Grace with her family celebrating her mother’s The Republic’s Woman of the Year award in 2018.


About Grace:

Grace Kestler is a Columbus native and small business owner. She brings her personal experiences to every aspect of her work and has a passion for volunteerism, inclusive urban planning, and community advocacy. Grace is committed to creating opportunity for all.

After attending St. Peters Lutheran School through 8th grade, Grace moved on to Columbus North High School, and then Depauw University, where she earned a degree in communications and anthropology.

Grace returned to Columbus to take a role with Cummins, Inc. where she was part of the team that developed the company’s first strategies aimed at hiring a diverse workforce, with specific focus on women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. While at Cummins, she also served as a corporate responsibility specialist focusing her work on community engagement and employee volunteerism.

She recently finished her master’s degree in culture and conflict studies in Berlin, Germany, and returned once again to Columbus to establish Grace Kestler Consulting, where she works with small businesses and community groups to help them be inclusive and accessible. Grace also works part-time with Advocates for Children as the Community Outreach Coordinator.

Grace’s family has been a part of our community for generations. Her parents, John and Elizabeth Kestler, instilled in their children, Grace, Hannah and Noah, a sense of responsibility to serve others and be a force for positive change.

Other Affiliations:

  • 10-year 4-H member

  • Amnesty International

  • Bradford Woods Summer Camp (former camper, now serves as counselor and mentor to kids with disabilities working toward independent living)

  • Mayor’s Advisory Council for Disability Awareness

  • Columbus Young Professionals

  • United Way Board Governance Committee

  • Exhibit Columbus Design Review Team


Tireless, adventurous and hardworking, throughout her life Grace has pursued her passions.