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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 a SVP and CTO with Brown and Caldwell, an engineering firm, and currently 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. Cindy has been working with Water For People over the last several years. (More...)

Dr. Cindy Paulson

Board Vice-Chair

Irene is currently 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

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 to explore the outdoors and travel with her family. Eleanor holds a BS from Tufts University and a MS from UC Berkeley. (More...)

Eleanor Allen

Non-Voting – Director

John is the Executive VP of The Hunger Project. John 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. 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. (More...)

John Coonrod

Voting – Independent Director

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

Vanessa Davison

Voting – Independent Director

Michael Deane is a water management executive and most recently was the Executive Director of NAWC, the organization representing private water operating companies in North America. He was Associate Assistant Administrator for Water in the U.S. EPA where he developed and implemented national water policy. Michael holds a MEM degree in Resource Economics and Policy and a BS in Biology and Geography. (More...)

Michael Deane

Voting – Independent Director

John is a senior corporate and finance attorney at Fairfield and Woods, P.C.  He has been on the boards of numerous professional and nonprofit organizations. John obtained a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Iowa, a MA in Economics from Johns Hopkins, and a JD from the University of Virginia. He is enthusiastic about the opportunities for economic growth which are enabled by sustainable, quality water and sanitation projects. (More...)

John Eckstein

Voting – Independent Director

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 serves as Chair of Water For People’s Leadership Council. (More...)

Alan L. Farkas

Voting – Independent Director

Neeraj Jain is PATH’s Country Director for India, and is 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. Neeraj 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

Voting – Independent Director

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

Katy Keim

Voting – Independent Director

Mohsen is President of Cole Engineering Group in Ontario, Canada. He started his career in the public sector, working with Tucson Water's Department of Operations. He 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

Voting – Independent Director

Matthew is the CFO of Link Industrial Properties, which owns and manages open-air shopping centers. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate. Matthew previously served as Managing Director and Associate Director of Research, among other positions, at Morgan Stanley. He holds a dual M.S. degree in Real Estate and City Planning from MIT and a B.A. in History from Tufts University. Matthew has served on various corporate boards. (More...)

Matthew Ostrower

Voting – Independent Director

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

Voting – Independent Director


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