2015 Honorary Chairperson

Mayor Nan WhaleyNanWhaley

Nan Whaley is proud to have chosen Dayton as her home. Originally from Indiana, Nan attended the University of Dayton and has lived in Dayton ever since. She has resided in the Five Oaks neighborhood since 2001 where she lives with her husband, Sam.

Nan’s career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan has also served on the Montgomery County Board of Elections and as a deputy to Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith. She is a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and a graduate of Leadership Miami Valley. She currently serves on Greater Ohio’s Community Revitalization Committee, the Learn to Earn Executive Committee for Education, the Montgomery County Planning Commission, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Dayton Development Coalition Board of Trustees.

With a focus on jobs and workforce development, Nan is working with a diverse group of business partners to strategically position Dayton for growth. She is the founder of the Dayton Region Manufacturing Task Force; a regional effort committed to advocating for manufacturing and promoting a strong manufacturing workforce. In addition, she meets regularly with local business leadership, both individually and through her Mayor’s Business Round Table meetings.

Nan is committed to strengthening Dayton’s communities through thoughtful and strategic programming. She led the community in creating a county-wide landbank system to address the local housing crisis with a more regional approach and serves on the Montgomery County Landbank Board. As chair of the Bike Walk Dayton Committee, Nan strives for Dayton to become a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Mayor Whaley believes that strong neighborhoods and economic stability can only be achieved through a community-wide focus on education. Nan advocates to ensure that every student in Dayton attends a high performing school that prepares them for the opportunity to attend college, join the military or seek advanced training in a marketable job skill.

In addition, Nan has been committed to the political process in local, state and national elections. She is a three time delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000, 2004 and 2012 and has served as Chief of Staff on the 2011 No on Issue 2 campaign and the Get Out the Vote Director for United States Senator Sherrod Brown in 2012. As an elector for Ohio’s Third Congressional District, Nan proudly cast an electoral vote for President Obama.

Nan has her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton and received her Master’s of Public Administration from Wright State University where she has served as an Adjunct Professor.

Nan Whaley was elected Mayor by Dayton voters in November of 2013, following two City Commission terms.

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