"Water changes everything. It lays the foundation for health, education, and economic prosperity. That is social progress."
Eleanor Allen, Water For People CEO
Eleanor Allen is a compassionate truth-teller and advocate of empowered equality for people across the globe. She is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping billions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs, and thrive.
Eleanor is fiercely passionate about improving the state of the world with respect to water and sanitation. She has dedicated her career to this goal, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, then as a consulting engineer (at CH2M/Jacobs and Arcadis), and now as the CEO of Water For People. As a professional civil engineer, Eleanor has lived and worked all over the world. As a business executive with extensive experience in water, she has led large global and regional operations in consulting, project management, program management, business development, and engineering. Eleanor believes societal change can be accelerated through social entrepreneurship and the efforts of organizations like Water For People.
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Water For People CEO, Eleanor Allen, Recognized for Leadership and Advocacy
DENVER, February 7, 2020 – Water For People CEO, Eleanor Allen, will be inducted into the esteemed National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Class of 2020. Election to the NAE is considered among the highest honors in engineering-related fields, and often comes as recognition for a lifetime of accomplishments.
In another recent distinction, Allen was recognized as one of the Top 10 Influential Women of Water at the inaugural Mazars Women of Water Summit on January 9, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Allen was nominated by her peers for her achievements related to innovation and sustainability. Both represent key pillars of her work leading the delivery safe, reliable water and sanitation services across nine countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Eleanor Allen is CEO of Water for People. A compassionate truth-teller and advocate of empowered equality for people across the globe, Eleanor is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping billions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs, and thrive.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) - A team of cyclists is hoping to bike their way from coast-to-coast, all in an effort to bring clean drinking water to third world countries. Eleanor Allen, the CEO of Denver's Water for People, is one of four members of the team participating in Race Across America.
Water For People 's goal is clear and ambitious: lasting quality water services for every family, clinic and school-forever. When people have access to clean water all the time, their lives change dramatically. And when entire regions and countries have reliable water services, the world changes.
November 19, 2018 Eleanor Allen is the CEO of Water For People. In this episode, Eleanor explains the organization's model of water for Everyone Forever, which has to date provided service to 3.3 million people. She also discusses the nonprofit's unique niche among global water charities, including how they bring together entrepreneurs, community members, and local...
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While living and working as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Eleanor Allen's life was changed by 3-year-old Maria Fernanda (her hosts' granddaughter). "One Sunday I was playing with her, and then she died four days later." Contaminated water took Maria Fernanda's life. "It was so horrible, because it was preventable," Allen says.
Past Speaking Engagements
American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists
American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual conference and specialty conferences Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) annual conference Inter-American Development Bank
The International Water Association (IWA) Development Congress
Skoll World Forum
Stockholm World Water Week
TEDx Mile High
Water Environment Federation’s annual conference and specialty conferences
World Economic Forum