Chief of Sustainability

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Dr. Jason A. Wood serves as Chief of Sustainability for Mayor Frank G. Jackson. In this capacity, he is responsible for the operations of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, overseeing efforts to mitigate the effect of climate change on the environmental, economic and human health of Cleveland residents.

This includes leading the Sustainable Cleveland initiative, which engages a diverse set of stakeholders in order to transform Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake. Additionally, Wood oversees efforts to meet the twenty-eight goals outlined in the Cleveland Climate Action Plan and assists City departments and divisions in developing and implementing sustainable projects and practices through the City’s Municipal Action Plan. This includes applying for and managing grants related to advancing the City’s sustainability and resiliency goals, as well as providing advice and guidance on federal, state, and local policies related to sustainability.

Prior to this role, Wood served as the Chief of Public Affairs for the City’s Department of Public Utilities. He was responsible for community engagement, legislation, communications, government affairs, safety and strategic planning for Cleveland Water, Cleveland Public Power and Cleveland Water Pollution Control. In addition to these responsibilities, he provided direct policy support on a variety of topics including: water equity, sustainability, water quality, Cleveland Water operations, CPP financial performance, and WPC operations. Wood led special projects as assigned by the Director of Public Utilities, such as serving as the Departmental lead on the 2018 Cleveland Climate Action Plan Update, improving how Cleveland Water communicated risks associated with lead in drinking water, and updating the utilities information in the City’s Emergency Operations Plan. He also monitored and provided analysis on state and federal regulatory policy changes.

Previously, Wood worked in two city administrations, including serving as Special Assistant to Mayor Frank G. Jackson for Policy and Research. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (Ph.D.) from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, he holds a Master of Applied Politics from the University of Akron and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from Kent State University. Wood served on the U.S. Water Alliance’s Water Equity Taskforce and One Water Council, and continues to serve on the Board of the Cleveland 2030 District.