What we do

The Cleveland Water Alliance is a non-profit organization that joins Northeast Ohio corporations, universities and government agencies to drive economic development through water innovation and promote the value of water to our region.

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.


  • Carol Caruso President, Caruso Public Affairs
  • Dr. Bob Heath Professor Emeritus, Kent State University
  • Jeanette Grasselli Brown Founding President
  • Will Friedman ClevelandCuyahoga County Port Authority
Board Members
  • Mark Barker Interlake Steamship
  • Darnell Brown City of Cleveland
  • Julius Ciaccia Community
  • 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
  • Chuck Fowler Fairmount Santrol
  • Lee Friedman College Now Greater Cleveland
  • David Goodman Squire Patton Boggs
  • Brian Hall JIT Services LLC
  • Josh Knights The Nature Conservancy
  • Marty McGann Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Joseph McKenna Eaton
  • Joy Mulinex Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Blake Oatey Oatey
  • Sandra Reehorst NASA Glenn
  • Jeff Reutter Ohio State University, Special Advisor
  • Joe Roszak Cleveland Metroparks
  • Chris Winslow Ohio Sea Grant Stone Lab

Our Staff

Bryan Stubbs Executive Director

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

Dorothy Baunach Water Innovation Cluster Director

Dorothy was a part of the start-up of the CWA. She left its Board of Directors in 2016 to assist with the development of the water innovation cluster.

Dorothy has been a technology, economic development and community leader in Cleveland and Ohio for more than three decades, including at NorTech/Cleveland Tomorrow, DigitalC/OneCommunity, Ohio’s Edison Program, BioEnterprise, BioOhio and JumpStart/Enterprise Development.

She has received numerous awards including induction into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wittenberg University, a MS in biology from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband live in downtown Cleveland.

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