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Board of Directors

Patrick McCann Chair

  • Voting — Independent Director

Pat has over 30 years of leadership experience in the environmental, engineering and construction business. He started his early career as a management consultant with Booz Allen and Hamilton. Pat joined Weston Solutions in 1996 and led the company through a successful transformation from public to employee ownership, becoming chief operating officer in 1997, president in 1998, and chief executive officer from 2003-2013. At Weston, Pat focused the strategy of the company to become a leader in Sustainable Development, growing new markets in brownfield redevelopment, clean energy, and water resources. Currently, Pat serves on a number of boards including both for profit and not for profit organizations.

Nancy Card Vice Chair

  • Voting — Independent Director

Nancy is the Managing Director of Real Estate Development Advisors in Denver, Colorado. Currently living in Montreal, Quebec, she is actively involved in initiatives to advance women in leadership. Nancy obtained her Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and brings over 20 years of experience in real estate development. She also brings specific Water For People field experience, having volunteered on two World Water Corps trips; a monitoring trip in Malawi, and a market study in Uganda. Nancy is especially excited about the effective and sustainable outcomes of Everyone Forever and the impact it will have on women and children.

Dr. Paul T. Bowen Nominating, Chair

  • Director, Sustainable Operations
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Voting - Independent Director

Dr. Paul Bowen joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1999 and is the Director of Sustainable Operations within the Safety & Environmental Sustainability Team of Quality Safety & Environment. Paul leads the the environmental sustainability program across the Technical and Supply Chain organizations. He is responsible for delivering on Coke's commitments in the water and energy spaces, and for embedding environmental sustainability across all TCCS operations. Paul has 30 years of experience as an environmental professional, including 5 years with CCNA and 9 years with the Coca-Cola Environment & Water Resources Group. Paul has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry and Biology) from Mercer University, and both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University.

Edward D. (Ned) Breslin Secretary (ex-officio)

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Water For People

Ned joined Water For People as its Director of International Programs in January 2006, and was appointed CEO in 2009. Ned holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a Bachelors degree in Government and African Studies from St. Lawrence University. For over two decades, Ned has seen firsthand how conventional humanitarian approaches to safe water and sanitation access in the developing world are not scalable or sustainable—helping some but not others and often failing shortly after implementation. Finding this unacceptable, he has led innovative programmatic efforts that demand, among other things, greater accountability of water and sanitation programs so that lives for everyone are truly transformed, not temporarily but forever, and without the continued dependence upon charitable organizations. In 2011, Breslin received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his commitment and proven work with Water For People.

Erich Broksas

  • Senior Vice President, Innovation and Investments
  • The Case Foundation
  • Voting - Independent Director

Erich Broksas, Senior Vice President of The Case Foundation, brings years of business development, investment, innovation, management, and communication experience to Water For People’s Board of Directors. Erich leads the team at The Case Foundation in finding unique ways in which individuals, foundations, and non-profits can leverage innovative technology and business models for good. He also oversees all international development investments, programs and campaigns with an emphasis on creative and disruptive solutions to the clean water and malaria crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Erich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Washington State University. On Water For People, he states, “The vision of the organization and leadership team is spot on in their desire to change the conversation on monitoring and evaluation, transparency, and the use of technology and innovative methods to address complex problems.”

Donna Callejon

  • Chief Business Officer
  • GlobalGiving
  • Voting — Independent Director

Donna is the Chief Business Officer at GlobalGiving, a non-profit that connects donors with grassroots projects around the world to make a high impact. She is responsible for development of corporate and other strategic partnerships for GlobalGiving and works with companies to help them contribute positively to communities around the world. Donna also serves on the Boards of GlobalGiving UK and Women's Funding Network. She previously was on the Boards of the Washington Area Women's Foundation and Business for Social Responsibility. Prior to joining GlobalGiving, Donna was a senior executive of Fannie Mae having led business units as varied as strategic planning, international consulting, marketing, product development, and customer technology. She holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from UC Davis. Donna joined the Water For People Board in 2012.

Monica Ellis

  • CEO
  • Global Environment and Technology Foundation and Global Water Challenge
  • Voting — Independent Director

Monica Ellis is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding member of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, a leading not-for-profit that develops public-private partnerships to bring clean water and sanitation to communities in need. Monica is also serving as CEO of Global Water Challenge, a coalition of corporations, NGOs and other organizations committed to achieving universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation (WASH). She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia and serves on a variety of boards including the International Rural Water Association. Monica looks forward to helping Water For People flourish in the WASH sector and admires the organization’s focus on locally sustainable solutions.

Mary Kay Kaufmann

  • Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Sales, Americas
  • Nalco Company
  • Voting — Independent Director

Mary Kay Kaufmann is a 30-year employee with Nalco Company, a company providing essential expertise for protecting and conserving water, energy, and air. Mary Kay's experience is in sales, marketing and sales management. She is currently Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Sales for the Americas. Mary Kay was a 7-year board member of the Naperville United Way and the Chicagoland United Way Crusade of Mercy Leadership Giving Women’s Initiative. She volunteers at Naperville Humane Society and the Joliet Township High School Advisory Committee. Mary Kay received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She was the 2008 commencement speaker for University of Illinois College of Chemistry and a frequent speaker at water scarcity conferences. Mary Kay admires Water For People and supports the mission, vision, and differentiated approach of the organization.

David Nastro

  • Managing Director
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Voting — Independent Director

David Nastro is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. As Head of the Global Power and Utility Group, he is responsible for advising domestic and international clients across the power, water, clean energy and infrastructure sectors. He runs the leading power and utility investment banking franchise on Wall Street focused on mergers and acquisitions and helping clients raise debt and equity capital in the public markets. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Amherst College and a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from Cambridge University. David is committed to helping Water For People achieve a lasting impact in the clean water and sanitation sector through sustainability and education.

Darwin Nelson

  • Senior Vice President
  • CDM
  • Voting — Independent Director

Darwin Nelson has over 25 years of experience managing and implementing water and infrastructure programs for federal, public and private clients worldwide. As the President of CDM Smith North America Unit, he is currently responsible for development and execution of all work with public and private clients in North America. He has previously led CDM Smith’s efforts in identifying, positioning, pursuing and implementing their water resources portfolio with the US federal government both domestically and overseas. Along with Water For People, Darwin has been associated with National Waterways Conference, 50 for Colorado Leadership Development Program, NFL Junior Player Development Program, and was a volunteer middle school math instructor. Darwin is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. Darwin is a strong advocate for the mission and approach that Water For People has developed for addressing water and sanitation challenges.

Dr. Cindy Paulson

  • Senior Vice President and Director of Technical Services
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • Voting — Independent Director

Dr. Cindy Paulson, a Senior Vice President and Director of Technical Services with Brown and Caldwell, is responsible for advancing the company’s technical resources and bringing innovative solutions to BC’s clients. In her 26 years with the firm, she has managed programs and projects across a range of water-related issues throughout the U.S., including water supply, ecosystem restoration, watersheds and water quality, sustainability, and stakeholder/community engagement. She recently completed a multi-year effort as Project Director on the $50 billion Master Plan for Coastal Louisiana Restoration and Protection. Currently, she serves as Executive Director for the California Urban Water Agencies, a non-profit corporation of 10 major urban water agencies, working to inform statewide policy and provide reliable water supply to two-thirds of California’s population. Cindy holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado, a Master’s in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University, and undergraduate degrees in political science and environmental science from Whitman College. Several years ago, she helped create BC’s workplace giving program and continues to engage as the company’s senior sponsor. Cindy has been working with Water For People over the last several years and visited Rwanda on an Impact Tour in July 2011.

Indra R. Prashad, P.Eng

  • Manager, Approvals & Licensing
  • Safe Drinking Water Branch
  • Drinking Water Management Division
  • Ontario Ministry of Environment
  • Voting — Independent Director

Indra R. Prashad is a professional engineer with over twenty-five years’ experience in the design, construction and operations of water and wastewater systems in North America, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean. She is currently with the Ontario Ministry of Environment’s Drinking Water Management Division and is responsible for the licensing of all municipal drinking water systems in the province. She has worked extensively with all levels of government as well as in the private sector and is recognized for her strong leadership in managing effective stakeholder and partner relationships. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Ontario Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment Association of Ontario and Professional Engineers Ontario. She joined Water for People in 2011 and is also currently President of the Water For People Canada board. Indra is excited to be working with an organization that emphasizes sustainable water and sanitation solutions and that is focused on building partnerships with communities and government. She also believes strongly in developing in-country expertise and capacity to ensure that program countries are able to effectively sustain and manage their own infrastructure.

Mark Premo Treasurer

  • Voting — Independent Director

Mark Premo is owner of Premo Consulting, and recently retired from the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility where he was General Manager for over 20 years. He holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. He is a past President and Board member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, past Treasurer and Board member of the Water Research Federation, and past Board member of the Water Environment Federation. He is currently a Board Member of Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna AK. Mark joined the Water For People Board of Directors on July 1, 2009, and was elected Treasurer for a four-year term beginning October 2009.

Malcolm Walter Chair of the Audit Committee

  • COO
  • Bentley Systems
  • Voting — Independent Director

Malcolm joined Bentley in 1999 and has served as COO and senior vice president since 2000. He is responsible for Bentley’s global sales and marketing organizations. Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Malcolm has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Water for People Board of Directors in January, 2013 and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Malcolm’s passion is improving quality of life through effective infrastructure both in the developed and developing parts of our world.

James Williams

  • President and CEO
  • Peerless-Midwest, Inc.
  • Voting — Independent Director

James (Jim) Williams is President and CEO of Peerless-Midwest, Inc., a water supply contracting and hydrogeologic services company with offices in Indiana and Michigan. Jim is affiliated with the American Water Works Association, the National Ground Water Association, Women’s Care Center, Inc., and the Indiana Rural Water Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science-Management and Administration degree from Indiana University. Jim is highly motivated to make a difference in the battle against the world water, sanitation, and hygiene crises.


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