Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority

The Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority (VOWDA) was created by 2010 legislation — Title 45.2, Chapter 18, Code of Virginia. The mission of the Authority is to facilitate, coordinate and support development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects and supply chain vendors by:

  • Collecting metocean and environmental data;
  • Identifying regulatory and administrative barriers;
  • Working with local, state, and federal government agencies to upgrade port and logistic facilities and sites;
  • Ensuring development is compatible with other ocean uses and avian/marine wildlife;
  • Recommending ways to encourage and expedite offshore wind industry development.


  • Will Fediw (Chair)
    Vice President, Industry & Government Affairs
    Virginia Maritime Association

  • Eileen Woll
    Offshore Energy Program Director
    Virginia Chapter Sierra Club

  • Kathleen P. Owens
    Founder and President
    Beach Development Group

  • Howard Shafferman
    Founder and Principal
    The Haswell Group, LLC

  • Chris Gullickson (Vice Chair)
    Director, Economic Development
    Virginia Port Authority

  • James (Jim) D. McArthur, Jr.
    Vice President, Center for Innovation
    Lockheed Martin
    U.S. Navy, Retired

  • Laura McKay
    Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
    Virginia DEQ

  • Ashley K. McLeod
    Lead Offshore Wind Public Affairs
    Avangrid Renewables

  • Bryan Stephens
    President and CEO
    Hampton Roads Chamber