The US Water Alliance welcomed Elisa Speranza, an independent consultant and President of Seventh Ward Strategies LLC, as a Senior Fellow. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable water management and a former Senior Vice President and Corporate Director at CH2M, where she served as Chief Communications Officer and had profit and loss responsibility for a $380 million business unit. Speranza was also President of the CH2M Foundation, portfolio leader for several key client accounts and an executive sponsor for the firm’s global sustainability and corporate citizenship initiatives.
It was also announced that George Hawkins and Susan Story will join the Alliance’s Board of Directors. Hawkins has served as CEO and GM of DC Water since 2009, where he oversees the distribution of drinking water and wastewater collection and treatment for more than 680,000 customers in Washington, DC, and wastewater treatment for 1.8 million customers in surrounding counties.
As American Water President and CEO, Susan Story has led the country’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company since 2014 (after joining the utility in 2013 as CFO). She brings over 30 years of utility leadership, with previous executive positions in energy utilities across the country.