Ohio Water Development Authority - Serving Ohio Since 1968

Board Member List


Greg Browning is a consultant specializing in public policy and management strategy. Prior to the creation of his consulting firm, Capital Partners, Mr. Browning was the Director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. In addition to his business activities, Mr. Browning has served in a variety of public roles, including as a member and chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees. In 2019, Mr. Browning became the co-chair of the Advisory Board of Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service.


Christopher Whistler Chris Whistler has over 20 years of experience in management and public policy and has held roles in both the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as the private sector. Mr. Whistler holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Miami University. As a resident of Gahanna, Mr. Whistler was appointed to the OWDA Board in August 2017.


James Stewart Jimmy Stewart became the President of the Ohio Gas Association on June 30, 2011, after serving in the Ohio Senate and three terms in the Ohio House.  As a former State Representative, he has served on the House Finance and Appropriations, and Health and Public Utilities committees.  During his tenure in the Senate, Mr. Stewart served on the Health, Human Services, and Aging; Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources; Rules and Reference; and Energy and Public Utilities committees.  Prior to his term as Senator and State Representative, he served on the Athens City Council as Auditor for the City.  Mr. Stewart obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Marshall University and earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Xavier University.  A resident in Southeast Ohio near Albany, Mr. Stewart was appointed to the OWDA Board in July 2011.


William Stanley Bill Stanley is the State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, where he sets strategy and leads a team that protects lands and water, helps to provide food and water sustainably, connects people and nature, builds healthy cities and works to address climate change. He believes that it is not only possible to have thriving economies, rich cultural opportunities and preserved natural communities, but that these are mutually supportive. The path to success includes taking more time to listen, and collaborating with businesses, governments, and communities. Mr. Stanley earned a Bachelor's degree in environmental science with a minor in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and a Master's degree in Forest Science from Yale University. Mr. Stanley has two children and enjoys fishing, biking, and other outdoor activities. A current resident of Grandview Heights, he was appointed to the OWDA Board in January 2018.


Gordon ReisGordon Reis had a forty-five year career in public finance investment banking. He advanced to Partner of Seasongood and Mayer in Cincinnati and then became Managing Principal for a period of twenty-two years until his retirement. Seasongood and Mayer became a dominate firm in Ohio Public Finance during his tenure, secured Senior Managerships and Co-Senior Managerships for OWDA as well as later serving as financial advisor to OWDA, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the Ohio Department of Development, the Ohio Turnpike Commission, the Ohio Public Facilities Commission, and the Treasurer's Office. Mr. Reis's firm contributed in its role of Financial Advisor to OWDA in elevating its bond rating from A to AAA during their tenure. He enjoys municipal debt with the unique and creative opportunities it offers and has a great appreciation for those who engage in public finance. Mr. Reis currently resides in Columbus and was appointed to the OWDA Board in December 2021.


Director, Ohio Development Services Agency


Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources


Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
How can we help?