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Bill was the President and CEO of Coskata, a biotechnology firm, and then retired to pursue volunteer work. Prior to that he had a 29-year career at Nalco. He holds BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Creighton University and the University of Notre Dame. Bill understands the mission of those working in the WASH sector and is honored to be able to help Water For People excel in its own mission. (More...)

Bill Roe

Board Chair

Cindy is an SVP and CTO with engineering firm Brown and Caldwell and also serves as Executive Director for the California Urban Water Agencies. 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.  (More...)

Dr. Cindy Paulson

Board Vice-Chair and Strategy Committee Chair

Irene is the former VP of Investor Relations for DCP Midstream. With over 20 years of finance and risk management experience, she has held numerous executive roles. Irene 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. (More...)

Irene Lofland

Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

A native of Uruguay, Beatriz is the President and CEO of Syntes Language Group. She is a seasoned translation industry executive, consultant, and interpreter. A classically-trained musician, Beatriz’s first experience in translation was translating concert reviews for the Houston Symphony. She has an interest in nonprofits that promote women’s empowerment, international development, and the environment. (More...)

Beatriz Bonnet

Board Secretary

Eleanor has dedicated her career to improving lives through her work in water and sanitation. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and as an engineer, has lived and worked in numerous countries. As CEO, she is dedicated to bringing lasting access to safe water and sanitation to people around the world. She loves ultra cycling and exploring the outdoors with her family. Eleanor holds a BS from Tufts University and an MS from UC Berkeley. (More...)

Eleanor Allen

Director and CEO

A native of Nicaragua, Vanessa is the Managing Partner at Panorama Consulting Solutions, which helps government and business clients achieve digital business transformations. She brings a proven management track record with over 20 years of experience. Vanessa has graduate certificates from Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. She holds a BS in Rhetoric and Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. (More...)

Vanessa Davison

Director and Development Committee Chair

Michael Deane is a water management executive and most recently is Chief of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Michael holds a MEM degree in resource economics and policy from Duke University and a BS in biology and geography from Gustavus Adolphus College. (More...)

Michael Deane

Director and Audit Committee Chair

John is a senior corporate and finance attorney at Fairfield and Woods, P.C. a Colorado Law Firm. He has been on the boards of numerous professional, nonprofit, government and obtained his BA (political science/history) from the University of Iowa, his MA (economics) from Johns Hopkins, 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. (More...)

John Eckstein


Alan was the Founder and Managing Director of Farkas Berkowitz & Company, a management consulting firm serving the engineering and construction industry. Alan retired in 2016. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, where he graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Yale University, he received a M.A. in International Relations. He helped found Water For People's Leadership Council. (More...)

Alan L. Farkas


Neeraj Jain is PATH’s Country Director for India, based in New Delhi. He has more than 27 years of experience in strengthening organizations. Prior to PATH, he led WaterAid India as its chief executive and was associated with Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he worked for child development. Mr. Jain holds a BA in business studies from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He completed his MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. (More...)

Neeraj Jain


Katy is Chief Executive Officer at LQ Digital, a digital marketing agency. Prior to joining LQ, she served as CMO and Head of BD at Lithium Technologies. Katy has over 20 years of experience in business-to-business (B2B) marketing and software as a service (SaaS). She earned an MBA from Northwestern University (where she was an Austin Scholar) and a BA in History from the University of Virginia. She was a trustee to the Redwood Day School for many years. (More...)

Katy Keim


Mohsen is President of Cole Engineering Group in Ontario, Canada. He started his career in the public sector working with Tucson Water department of operations and then 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. (More...)

Mohsen Mortada


Matthew is the CFO of Link Industrial Properties, a best-in-class logistics real estate platform. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate. Matthew also served as Managing Director and Associate Director of Research, among other positions, at Morgan Stanley. He holds a dual MS in Real Estate and City Planning from MIT and a BA in History from Tufts University. Matthew has served on various corporate boards. (More...)

Matthew Ostrower


Maureen is the former General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority, the regional water agency that provides up to 90% of all water used in San Diego County. She retired in 2019. Maureen has led and successfully developed a comprehensive array of water supply and infrastructure programs. 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.

Maureen A. Stapleton

Director – Governance Committee Chair


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