Christina O’Keeffe serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA). She was appointed to the position by the Authority members in October 2018.
O’Keeffe is a recognized energy and air quality expert with 20 years of leadership experience at the local, state and national levels. She brings to OAQDA extensive knowledge in sustainability, economic development, policy and financing. Prior to joining OAQDA, O’Keeffe served as the Director of Energy and Air Quality for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and held several leadership positions in the Ohio Energy Office located in Ohio Development Services Agency.
As Executive Director, O’Keeffe provides the strategic direction and focus in fulfilling the mission of the Authority as an independent, non-regulatory agency that provides financial and technical assistance for projects contributing to cleaner air. She oversees all financial transactions, including bond notes and issuances, manages loan and grant programs, and develops new programs to ensure the environmental infrastructure financing needs of the State are met and to maximize the use of OAQDA’s financing.
O’Keeffe received her B.S. degree in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. She is trained in Six Sigma, a graduate of Leadership Columbus, selected in the Class of 2020 for the 40 under 40 award by Columbus Business First, and holds various professional certifications related to economic development and finance. Christina is active in her community by serving on the Zoning Commission for Perry Township (Franklin County), a member of advisory councils for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus Early Learning Center and is a current Board Member and past Treasurer for the Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome Foundation.