Bill has been the President and CEO of Coskata, a biotechnology firm based in Chicago, since 2007. Prior to that he had a 29-year career progressing to COO at Nalco, the world leader in industrial water treatment and specialty process chemicals. He holds a BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Creighton University and the University of Notre Dame. In addition to serving on the Water For People Board, Bill serves on the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Energy Program at Creighton University, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory. Bill understands the mission of those working in the WASH sector, and is honored to be able to help Water For People excel in their role in that mission.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Eleanor Allen is fiercely passionate about improving the state of the world with respect to water and sanitation and has dedicated her career to this goal. First as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, then as a consulting engineer (at CH2M and ARCADIS), and now as the CEO of Water For People. As a professional civil engineer, Eleanor has lived over half her professional life in Latin America and has worked all over the world. Currently she is dedicated to leading Water For People to bring reliable and lasting access to safe water and sanitation in Latin America, Africa and India. With her family (husband and two boys) she loves to explore the outdoors and to travel to new places. She also loves fast cars. Eleanor holds a BS from Tufts University and a MS from the University of California at Berkeley.
A native of Uruguay, Beatriz Bonnet is the President and CEO of Syntes Language Group in Centennial, Colorado. She is a seasoned translation industry executive, consultant, translator and conference interpreter with over 30 years of industry experience. Beatriz has been a Member of the Boards of Directors of the American Translators Association, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, and the National Association of Women Business Owners (Denver Chapter). She was Chair of the American Translators Association’s Standards Committee for 16 years and worked on ASTM International and International Standardization Organization (ISO) translation and interpreting quality standards. She has an interest in nonprofits that promote women’s empowerment, international development and the environment. Beatriz is a frequent speaker at industry and business conferences. A classically-trained musician, Beatriz’s first experience in translation was translating concert reviews for the Houston Symphony. She never stopped working in the field and now enjoys leading and teaching the team at Syntes.
John Coonrod is the Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project, where he is responsible for research and advocacy. In addition to serving on the Water For People Board, John serves as co-chair of InterAction’s Food Security and Agriculture working group, as advisor and board member to a number of emerging international non-governmental organization, (NGOs). John grew up in the Midwest and was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD). He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University from 1978 through 1984. He is an avid amateur photographer and figure skater and met his colleague and future wife Carol at The Hunger Project. They were married in 1988 and are living happily ever after in Washington, DC.
Michael Deane is the Executive Director of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the organization representing private water operating companies in North America. Michael brings extensive leadership experience and the unique perspective of having worked in both the public and private water sectors to the Water For People Board of Directors. Before joining the NAWC in 2009, he was Associate Assistant Administrator for Water in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he played a key role in developing and implementing national water policy. Prior to his appointment at the EPA in 2006, Michael served as an executive at several water management companies, including United Water and its parent company, SUEZ, and the U.S. operations of Veolia, where he focused on innovative financing and infrastructure policy.
In addition to his role with the NAWC, Michael serves on the Pictet Water Fund Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the Executive Committee of AquaFed, the International Federation of Private Water Operators and he is Chair of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure’s water subcommittee.
Michael holds a master of environmental management degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s in biology and geography from Gustavus Adolphus College.
John A. Eckstein is a senior corporate and finance attorney and shareholder at Fairfield and Woods, P.C. an 84 year old law firm in Denver, Colorado. His clients include family offices, investment advisers, venture capital, and technology-based SME’s. John currently serves as the chair of Paltown Development Corporation, a Washington DC-based nonprofit serving the social media community needs of patients, survivors and care givers for selected critical diseases. He has been on the boards of several professional, non-profit, government, and for profit entities, including service as board chair of the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute (CATI), a state agency which successfully promoted economic development through technology transfer. John obtained his BA (political science / history) from the University of Iowa, his MA (economics) from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and his JD from the University of Virginia. John is enthusiastic about the opportunities for economic growth which are enabled by sustainable, quality water and sanitation projects through Water for People.
Alan was the founder and managing director of Farkas Berkowitz & Company, a management consulting firm serving the engineering and construction industry. Prior to starting the firm in 1983, he served as vice president and partner at Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he established and directed the firm’s environmental consulting practice. In addition to management consulting, Farkas Berkowitz helped to establish and then manage two trade associations of service providers to the municipal water and wastewater market. Alan fully retired in the spring of 2016. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He pursued his studies of developing countries at Yale University, where he received an M.A. degree in international relations. He serves as Chair of Water For People’s Leadership Council.
Neeraj Jain is Seattle based NGO, PATH’s Country Program Leader for India. Neeraj holds a graduate degree in Business Studies from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and did his post-graduate studies in Business Administration with a major in finance from Delhi University. Before PATH, Neeraj was the Chief Executive of WaterAid India. His contribution extends to promoting the importance of WASH both at the central and state levels in India, at the World Water Week in Stockholm and SACOSAN V (Fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation). Neeraj has been instrumental in the set-up of India Sanitation Coalition launched in 2015 as part of the governing committee and heads the Engagement with Central and State Governments Task Force for them. Prior to WaterAid, Neeraj was with Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) where he worked in child development, with a focus on nutrition.
Irene Lofland is a strategic leader who is currently vice president of investor relations for DCP Midstream. With over 20 years of finance and risk management experience, she has held numerous executive roles leading treasury, information technology, internal audit, ethics and compliance, and enterprise risk management. In 2015 she was named the Outstanding Woman in Business in Energy by the Denver Business Journal and in 2013 she received the Impact award from the American Heart Association. Irene grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver. She is passionate about community service and has dedicated herself to organizations which promote women’s issues, health, and children’s causes. She has had the privilege to serve on the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce board, chair American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign/luncheon and corporate health committee, as well as serve as the executive sponsor for DCP’s Business Women’s Network.
Mohsen Mortada is President of Cole Engineering Group in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Mortada started his career in the public sector working with Tucson Water department operations. After several years with Tucson Water, Mohsen moved into consulting at Arcadis with a focus on strategic planning, utility business optimization and large infrastructure projects throughout North America and the Middle East. Mohsen relocated back to Canada to work with Cole Engineering Group as Chief Executive in 2014.
Dr. Cindy Paulson, a Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer 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 11 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.
Kristy Schloss is EVP of Schloss Environmental Equipment, Inc. and previously served as President and CEO of Schloss Engineered Equipment, Inc., a 116-year old Colorado-based environmental equipment design and manufacturing firm until its recent acquisition. Ms. Schloss is a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and served as Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch, chairs the U.S. Department of Commerce Rocky Mountain District Export Council, and served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. She also serves on several boards in Denver including World Trade Center and United Way.
Maureen A. Stapleton is the General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority, the regional water agency that provides up to 90 percent of all the water used in San Diego County. Since taking over the agency in 1996, Stapleton has led the Water Authority’s diversification efforts and successfully developed a comprehensive array of water supply and infrastructure programs designed to diversify and improve the reliability of San Diego County’s water supply. Stapleton oversees a dynamic agency, managing a $3.1 billion Capital Improvement Program and leading the Water Authority’s efforts in the region’s water supply reliability through implementation of the Imperial Valley water transfers, the Carlsbad seawater desalination project, advancement of regional water efficiency and conservation programs, and water recycling and reuse.