Meet Your Commissioners
Current Term: 2014-2018
Mayor 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.
Current Term: 2014-2018
Previous Terms: 2002-2006; 2006-2010; 2010-2014
Commissioner Joey D. Williams is a Dayton native and has served on the City Commission since 2002. He supports an agenda that includes improving educational opportunities, enhancing neighborhoods, creating jobs, preserving strong City services, advancing technology opportunities, and ensuring safety through the reduction of gun violence.
A proud graduate of Dayton Public Schools, Commissioner Williams is committed to ensuring educational opportunities for all Daytonians. He was elected to the Dayton Board of Education in 1993 and was re-elected in 1997; he served as both President and Vice President of the Board. Commissioner Williams was Chairman of the Education Committee for Dayton's long -range strategic planning process, CitiPlan20/20. He is a strong supporter of mentorship opportunities and after school programs. He is an advocate of public and private partnerships that provide educational and training opportunities.
Commissioner Williams is an experienced banking executive and business leader. He is particularly proud of his role in ensuring Dayton's continued fiscal health.
Dayton is already a leader in innovation; Commissioner Williams believes in building on this success to stimulate business investment, especially in the technology sector. Increased investments will create new opportunities for Daytonians to work and thrive in the digital economy. Commissioner Williams is an advocate for the growth of downtown, and is on the board of the Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District. He also serves on the board of the Phoenix Project, an economic development program in the Fairview neighborhood of Dayton.
Since 2005, Commissioner Williams has worked to reduce violence in Dayton neighborhoods. One of his first efforts was with Commissioner Dean Lovelace; together they organized the Youth Anti-Violence Seminar. Commissioners Lovelace and Williams convened an ad-hoc committee to develop an action plan based on the recommendation of the 2005 seminar.
In 2011, Commissioner Williams helped address tensions between police and citizens, with the creation of the Community-Police Council (CPC). The goal of the CPC is to create a positive working relationship between the community and police. Commissioner Williams continues to play a leading role in the fight against gun violence and currently serves as the City Commission liaison to the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV).
Commissioner Williams is a graduate of Central State University and earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He was inducted into Dayton's Top 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame and the Central State University Alumni Hall of Fame. He was a Parity 200 Top 10-African American Male and the 2012 selection for Central State University Alumnus of the Year.
Commissioner Williams is married and has two sons. He enjoys sports and spending time with family.
Current Term: 2016-2020
Previous Terms: 2004-2008; 2008-2012; 2012-2016
Matt Joseph was first elected in 2004, and has been re-elected twice. He brings to the Commission extensive legislative and management experience, along with a depth of civic and community service skills. He is dedicated to making Dayton a great place to live and a welcoming place to do business, especially for new small companies. As Commissioner, he has focused on improving Dayton's housing stock and making neighborhoods safer and more attractive. He advocated the successful consolidation of city offices into city-owned buildings and out of rental agreements, saving the city thousands of dollars every year. He has championed the development of Tech Town and other locations, where new and attractive technology jobs are being created. Along with the City Manager, he led a task force charged with finding ways for the city to communicate and work more closely with Wright-Patterson AFB. Commissioner Joseph is focused on attracting and retaining talented young professionals and entrepreneurs. He currently serves as the Chair of the Welcome Dayton Committee, a group that works to ensure that new arrivals to the Dayton community are welcomed and integrated. Perhaps most importantly for Dayton residents, through the last few years of difficult budget times, he has led the efforts to continue to provide trash pickup, snow removal, and other essential services that residents need and deserve.
As Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts for Montgomery County, Commissioner Joseph was responsible for helping manage a staff of 125 and an annual operating budget of over $7 million. While serving as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tony Hall, he worked to ensure Dayton was well-represented in Congress, and gained valuable experience helping to create thoughtful legislation and guide it through the House of Representatives and into law.
Commissioner Joseph has experience in education and in the private sector. He worked at the University of Dayton on education and business projects designed to reinforce the peace in, and strengthen the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also served as a project coordinator for a non-profit group working to reduce the rates of predatory lending and bring homeownership opportunities to people who might not normally have them. He has worked as a consultant to NASA in the field of technology management and strategic planning, and is currently employed by Serco Inc. as a logistics program manager at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Commissioner Joseph has been very active in the community, volunteering for a number of non-profit organizations, including serving on the Boards of the Mother Brunner Literacy Center and the Dayton Sister Cities Committee. He also serves on the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. He served seven years as President of the Board of Directors of the House of Bread, and also has been proud to serve on the Southeast Priority Board, the Board of Directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice, Film Dayton, the Neighborhood Schools Centers Oversight Council, and the Board of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, among others. A graduate of Carroll High School and the University of Dayton, Commissioner Joseph earned a Master's Degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Commissioner Joseph is married with two children.
Current Term: 2014-2018
Commissioner Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr. joined the Commission in January of 2014 with a distinguished history in public service.
Commissioner Mims was the Third District Representative for the Ohio School Board and is past president of the Dayton Board of Education (2008-11), after retiring from Dayton Public Schools with more than 35 years of service, serving recently served as Director of Government and Community Relations and Compliance. His diverse work within the district included garnering support for equitable funding of Ohio's public schools, and his efforts helped pave the way for Ohio's New School Facilities Program. He was elected President of the Dayton Education Association (DEA) for six consecutive terms (1983-88). As President of the DEA, Mr. Mims negotiated the district's first multi-year contract between the DEA and the Dayton Board of Education.
For the past 40 years, whether as a teacher, a coach, a community volunteer, or president of the Dayton Education Association, Jeffrey Mims has committed to making the city of Dayton and the Dayton Public Schools strong partners in developing a "Champion City and School District" and improving the quality of life for Dayton citizens through education.
Commissioner Mims earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art, Art Education and Industrial Technology from Central State University in 1973 and a Master of Science degree in Education from Wright State University in 1975.
Additionally, Commissioner Mims is a Vietnam veteran, (Air Force Commendation Medal with the 604th Air Commando Squadron), a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Beautillion Drillmaster Mentor with the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (37 years), a chef with the Links "Cooking Men" (18 years) and a volunteer with the YMCA Mentors Matter Program, the Dayton Youth Golf Academy (he is an avid golfer and has won local championships).
Commissioner Mims is a National Education Association Human Relations Awardee, a Dayton Top Ten African American Male and an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority "Strength and Perseverance" awardee. He has two children, Cory (Monique) and LaDawn (Derrick). Both are proud graduates of Dayton Public Schools and graduates of higher and post-graduate education programs. He also has three grandchildren.
Current Term: 2016-2020
For more than 25 years, Christopher L. Shaw has operated a variety of successful business enterprises ranging from human resources consulting and business development, to commercial textile cleaning.
Chris is currently the owner/operator of a 105-year-old textile cleaning business. Shaw Cleaners is a full-service commercial and wholesale dry cleaning and laundry business. For 16 years Chris has grown the business into one of the Dayton region's premiere textile cleaning businesses specializing in the hospitality, logistics and entertainment industries.
An experienced human resources professional, Chris was the managing partner of Shaw and Associates, an HR consulting business specializing in executive recruiting, organizational development, management training, and business process re-engineering.
A respected community leader, Chris is the Economic Development Committee Chairman for the Dayton Unit NAACP, where he monitors economic development activities throughout the region. Chris is known for his ability to lobby business and political stakeholders on behalf of his many community constituencies.
Chris has served on a number of community boards such as the Greater Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dayton Manufacturing Task Force, and the Montgomery County Vulnerable Youth in Transition Advisory Board.
Through the years, his efforts in Dayton have included:
- Joining to end predatory lending practices directed at our city's most vulnerable;
- Working with broad coalitions to establish a living wage for our city's workforce;
- Meeting with police officials toward ensuring fair, culturally sensitive and balanced enforcement efforts that support safety for all;
- Partnering with financial institutions looking to maintain responsive retail locations in all quadrants of the city;
- Standing with Labor against right to work laws;
- Bringing attention to the region's academic institutions, while also encouraging broader partnering between academia, local businesses and the non-profit community to increase the fullest development of economic opportunities for both business and workers; and
- Being a consistent voice for the needs of small business owners.
- NAACP Economic Development Chair
- Community Police Council (CPC) Charter Member
- Minority Business Development Center Advisory Board Member
- Greater Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board Member
- Dayton Community Reinvestment Institute 1998
- Germantown St. Business Association Charter Member