What we do

The Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA) coordinates a growing network of corporations, universities, research institutions, public agencies, and utilities dedicated to the expansion of the region’s water innovation ecosystem, or “blue economy”: an emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe through innovation. With our network partners, CWA seeks to accelerate innovation, increase collaborative research, advocate for sound policy, and educate stakeholders and the public on freshwater preservation in general, and the vitality of Lake Erie in particular.

21 percent of the world's fresh water is in the Great Lakes
4.9 billion people will experience severe water shortage by 2050
1.5 million jobs in the Great Lakes region rely on our freshwater resource

Established in 2014, we are a non-profit organization that seeks to better utilize the economic and job-creating potential of Lake Erie while also urging greater care of our valuable, natural asset.

As a collaboration of private and public sector leaders, we’re leading a critical effort to broaden the way Northeast Ohio values, manages and capitalizes on its precious supply of freshwater.

Our region has one of the foremost concentrations of water-related industry sectors in the world and as a result, demand is focused here for several key growth areas, including water treatment for the oil and gas industry, chemical spill containment and combined sewer overflow segments. This makes us perfectly suited to establish Cleveland as a nationally recognized center for water innovation.


  • Blake Oatey Oatey Company, Governance Committee Chair
  • Bryan Stubbs Executive Director & President
  • David Goodman Executie Committee
  • Dr. Bob Heath Kent State University, Program Committee Chair
  • Joseph McKenna Eaton Corp., Finance and Audit Chair
  • Julius Ciaccia NEORSD Board Trustee Board Chair
Board Members
  • Mark Barker Interlake Steamship
  • Dorothy Baunach DigitalC
  • Darnell Brown City of Cleveland
  • Todd Danielson Avon Lake Regional Water
  • Robert Davis Cleveland Public Utilities
  • Paul DiCorleto Kent State University
  • Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Kirsten Ellenbogen Great Lakes Science Center
  • Matt Fisher Lake Erie Foundation
  • Chuck Fowler Covia f/k/a Fairmount Santrol
  • Will Friedman Cleveland Port, Chief Executive
  • Jeanette Grasselli Brown Founding President
  • Ebie Holst SplashLink
  • Marty McGann Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Sandra Reehorst NASA Glenn
  • Jeff Reutter Ohio State University, Special Advisor
  • Suzanne Rivera VP Research & Technology Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • Joe Roszak Cleveland Metroparks
  • Jerzy Sawicki VP of Research, Cleveland State University
  • Chris Winslow Ohio Sea Grant Stone Lab

Our Staff

Bryan Stubbs Executive Director & President

Stubbs is a recognized leader in building and implementing stronger, influential and more sustainable economies and communities. For more than a decade, he’s led sustainabilitybased economic development projects, including The Oberlin Project, where, as the Managing Director, he created and implemented a pilot model to grow a local economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (The project was a partnership between Oberlin College and the City of Oberlin).

He also launched Sustain Illinois, a program of the Illinois Dept. of Commerce, University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Community Ventures that took a triple bottom-line approach to growth for the Chicagoland region.

Stubbs earned a BA from the University of Kansas, an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an Executive MBA from the Presidio School of Sustainable Management

Max Herzog Project Manager

Herzog is dedicated to engaging diverse stakeholders to develop tools and strategies to drive community and economic development. In both his studies and his professional career, Max has focused on the intersection of ecological integrity, sustainable economies and social justice.

At Oberlin College, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in political science and environmental studies, Max participated in sustainable consulting projects with Foresight Design Initiative and social-impact research with The Oberlin Research Group. He also worked to educate youth on a variety of topics, including sustainable food systems and urban planning and design, with the Foresight Prep Seminars

Savannah Tracy Communications Manager

Savannah uses her communications skills to tell the story of the Cleveland Water Alliance and its members. She has prior experience with email marketing, donor relations, and social media at a Pittsburgh nonprofit. Savannah holds a BA from Oberlin College in Sociology and Religion. She has a passion for using a multimedia approach to communicate the story of an organization.

Missy Hayes Cluster and Development Strategies
Marlene Piatak Accountant