Alex Fischer

Advisory Board Chair

Alex Fischer is a business and civic leader from Columbus, Ohio. As a Partner at The New Albany Company and Investor and Advisory Board Chair of White Oak Partners, he specializes in large scale real estate development, urban planning, and public-private partnerships. As the Chair of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and board member of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, he is also committed to using his expertise to help build the future of his community through important civic causes.

Fischer was formerly the President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a civic leadership organization formed in 2002 of Columbus, Ohio’s, top business leaders to improve the economic and cultural base of Central Ohio. For nearly 15 years, he worked to transform the Columbus region through public-private partnerships and economic development.

Prior to joining the Columbus Partnership, Fischer was Senior Vice President for Business and Economic Development for Battelle headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and served on the company’s Executive Committee and as a corporate officer. His responsibilities included leading Battelle’s commercialization efforts, venture investing, and overseeing the office of Public Affairs and Government Relations.

Before joining Battelle, Fischer served as the Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff to Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist. In this position, he served as the principal advisor to the Governor on all matters of the State of Tennessee including the oversight of the 22 agencies of state government.

Fischer is also a board member of Advanced Drainage Systems (NYSE:WMS), Andelyn Biosciences, the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and OPOC.US. Previously he has served on numerous public and private boards including most recently as a trustee of The Ohio State University.

A native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Fischer graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree from the school of Architecture and Planning. Alex and his wife Lori have three children and reside in the city of Columbus.