Cleveland Water Alliance Names Bryan Stubbs as Executive Director

Cleveland, Ohio (March 31, 2014) -- The Cleveland Water Alliance Board of Directors has named Bryan Stubbs as their Executive Director.An accomplished professional with vast experience in sustainability, non- profit management and private/public partnerships, Stubbs brings a wide range of experience that spans entrepreneurship, academia and economic development. Stubbs’ appointment is the culmination of a national search effort chaired by Rebecca Bagley of NorTech and Board Chair Jeanette Grasselli Brown.Stubbs is joining the Cleveland Water Alliance after serving most recently as a consultant for the Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy (RECS). At RECS, Stubbs managed the initiative, which is comprised of business, academic, philanthropic and civic leaders from Northeast Ohio. Over the past decade, he has worked on a variety of mission-driven initiatives, including with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the University of Illinois/Chicago and for Symbiotic Ventures in Berkley, California. Stubbs has earned a reputation for providing high level expertise to communities, non-profits, government, education and environmental practices.“We welcome Bryan and look forward to his leadership as Executive Director,” said Jeanette Grasselli Brown. “His expertise in leading public/private partnerships and ability to grow mission driven non-profits is the perfect fit to drive The Cleveland Water Alliance into our next phase. I am confident that he will help us move the Alliance forward to realize our goal of finding solutions for water issues today and into the future.”Stubbs’ extensive involvement in the sustainability field has produced nationally acclaimed results. Under his leadership as Managing Director of the Oberlin Project, the City of Oberlin became the third project in the world to receive ‘participant’ status as part of the Clinton Climate Initiative and Bloomberg’s C40 Climate Positive Development Program. He has also worked on a variety of water related projects centered on quality, conservation and access.“I look forward to leading The Cleveland Water Alliance, which is not only focused on water quality, but promises to create economic prosperity in the region,” said Stubbs. “We have the full array of ingredients for success --natural resources, corporations, nonprofits, academic institutions and public agencies willing to work together to create a water technology cluster that will result in great things for this region. I look forward to the opportunity to usher this amazing organization to the next level.”Stubbs serves on the planning commission for the City of Oberlin, is President of the Community Investment Corporation and has served as a board member for the Northeast Ohio Sustainable City Consortium, Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance and ChicagoLand Green Collar Job initiatives. He has guest lecturered on sustainability, non-profit management and community practices for John Carroll University, Oberlin College, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Fulbright Scholars, the University of Illinois and DePaul University. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois, completed the Executive MBA Program in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts at the University of KansasAbout the Cleveland Water AllianceThe Cleveland Water Alliance is a group of leading corporations, academic institutions and public agencies working collaboratively to create a thriving economy around the global needs of water quality and access. Initial partners in the Cleveland Water Alliance are: Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Metroparks, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland State University, Fairmount Minerals, the Great Lakes Science Center, Hiram College, Kent State University, MAR Systems, NorTech, and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Initial funding was provided by the partners and the Generation Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Lennon Foundation and the Burning River Foundation.For more information on the Alliance, visit www.clevelandwateralliance.org.

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