By 2025, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will be living under water stressed conditions, including roughly one billion people who will face absolute water scarcity (a level that threatens economic development as well as human health). Water scarcity and poor water quality will increase disease, undermine economic growth, limit food production and become an increasing threat to peace and security. Unsafe water and poor sanitation are together the single largest cause of illness worldwide. Nearly two million children die each year from preventable diarrheal diseases. Droughts and floods now affect more people than all other natural disasters combined. Sources of freshwater, such as underground aquifers, require more protection. Competition over water is an increasing source of conflict. Climate change will only exacerbate these challenges.
Elevating Water to National Importance
The urgency to facilitate cooperation around freshwater resources will continue to increase as competition for water grows and climate change intensifies uncertainty over future water availability. Sustainable solutions will analyze and account for the water-energy-food linkages and will require engagement from all stakeholders. However, numerous challenges, including a lack of trust, often limit productive dialogue on water governance. To enhance the circumstances necessary for strengthening water security in key regions of the world, unprecedented public-private sector collaboration and leadership to harness the potential of American resources and ingenuity is needed.
The U.S. Water Partnership Adds Value to Your Organization
The U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) mission is to unite and mobilize best of U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address global water challenges, with a special focus on developing countries where needs are greatest. The Partnership operates under a vision of working together for a water secure world.
The USWP serves as the single entry point to access the best of U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address global water security challenges. Due to the breadth of its membership and large-scale participation from the U.S. government, the Partnership constitutes an unmatched catalytic platform that facilitates public-private sector collaboration.
What We Do
The USWP has developed a model that harnesses the technical skills and capabilities of our partners to advance our understanding of critical water issues and scale solutions to tackle these challenges around the world.
The USWP offers opportunities for:
Development of a Global Water Security Strategy
The National Intelligence Council’s Global Water Security Assessment underscores that countries of strategic interest to the United States will increasingly require our expertise. America can lead on this issue with its vast capability by sharing information, forming partnerships and leveraging actions that can help build water security globally. Despite water crosscutting defense, diplomacy, development, climate, energy, health and food priorities, it receives little attention or commitment in Federal budgets.
On World Water Day 2016 (March 22), the USWP will convene senior-level leaders and decision makers from key U.S. private, public and civil society organizations to share commitments, discuss major challenges and opportunities and identify the role of U.S. leadership in building global water security. The main outcome from this conference will be the launch of a U.S. Global Water Security Grand Strategy, which will:
Meeting global water and sanitation needs will require strengthening human and institutional capacities of water utilities and sector institutions in developing nations to meet the dual challenges of improving service (including access, availability, and quality), while also providing efficient and cost-effective delivery of service. This initiative will build the financial, operational, managerial and governance performance of water and wastewater utilities in developing countries through technical exchanges and twinning arrangements that will provide opportunities for U.S. experts to share their knowledge with utilities in the developing world.
Partners: Millennium Challenge Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, CH2M, McWane, Inc.
Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are locked into a cycle of poverty. They generally rely on farming small plots of land (two to five acres) to feed their families and generate income. More than 70 percent of the farmers are women. Few are able to provide food security for their families over a 12-month period. These farmers are at the mercy of a changing environment. They rely on decreasing rainfall to provide water for their crops and livestock. Only four percent of land in sub-Saharan Africa is irrigated, compared with 20 percent worldwide. East African farmers practicing rain-fed agriculture are limited to one or two growing seasons a year. They often receive low prices for their crops, and their crop yields are highly variable.
In response, USWP partners the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, Valmont Industries and World Vision are working together for a collaborative initiative that is intended to improve the livelihoods of 600 rural farmers in the Babati regions of northern Tanzania over five years. The initiative will provide a center pivot irrigation system and the training, equipment and infrastructure needed to optimize crop production for these farmers. The five-year pilot project will empower subsistence farmers to multiply their incomes by six to 13 times their current earning level. Farmers who participate in the CIRCLES project are expected to increase their incomes from $1 to $2 a day to about $13 a day, greatly expanding their ability to provide food, clothing, shelter and school fees for their children. This pilot is planned as phase one of a three-phase project that will leverage the start-up costs to serve hundreds more farmers.
Partners: World Vision, Valmont, the University of Nebraska Water for Food Institute
Water Technology and Business Development Commercialization
The U.S. Water Partnership regularly convenes U.S. water expertise and resources focused on addressing challenges related to water technology commercialization, innovation, water productivity, energy, supply-chain management and water financing.
For instance, the USWP will host a roundtable for selected national innovation leaders, entitled Disruptive Resilience: Chief Technology Officers Map America’s 2030 Water Future. The event is co-hosted by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the California State Water Resources Control Board (California Water Board), Xylem Inc. and the USWP, and will take place on February 29, 2016 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, CA. This event will convene technology leaders across the American public and private sectors to help identify potential pathways to American water security. At this one-day event, leading experts from the private sector, academia, government and donor community will meet to:
Study Tours, Knowledge Exchanges and Water Consultants Program
The 2015 Water Consultants Program (WCP) is an initiative of the U.S. State Department and the USWP that identifies and deploys best-in-class American water experts to high priority countries to conduct capacity building workshops and training sessions and provide expert advice to host-country stakeholders on their most pressing water challenges.
The objectives of the WCP are to:
These objectives support goals that will improve water security in developing countries and support a wide range of U.S. government foreign policy and sustainable development priorities. The exchanges are demand driven as host country stakeholders identify key water issues and the USWP identifies the appropriate expert to provide in-country support. Topics of exchanges include but are not limited to: water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); water governance; integrated water resources management (IWRM); water efficiency and productivity; water-energy-food nexus; conflict mitigation and more.
The USWP also supports study tours and knowledge exchanges of various international stakeholders. These exchanges allow a delegation comprised of leaders in the water sector of a selected country to tour a region of the United States to learn technical, operational and managerial best practices from our experts. The USWP hosted a delegation from Brazil in September 2013 in the Colorado River basin and is currently preparing for a delegation from Mexico to tour the Delaware River basin.
KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION
The following offer examples of USWP partners responding to water challenges by leveraging resources and expertise:
Water Consultant Program - Kigoma, Tanzania
In February 2015, the USWP facilitated a technical exchange of two expert consultants to participate in a capacity building workshop on sustainable management of transboundary lakes in Kigoma, Tanzania. This workshop supported the Great Lakes to Great Lakes Initiative linking scientists, academics and policymakers from the North American Great Lakes with counterparts from the African Great Lakes to address sustainable management of transboundary lakes. Additional exchanges are in progress to select a shared aquafer expert in Lake Titicaca, a transboundary water management expert for the Sava River Basin, and two experts on groundwater management in the South Asia region. There are two additional exchanges planned for 2016.
In January 2013, the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance/UN-HABITAT reached out to the U.S. Water Partnership for help in funding Phase 2 of a Water Operating Partnership (WOP) between the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) in California and Belize Water Services Limited (BWS). The USWP secured funding from UN-Habitat and the World Bank’s Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility to support a twinning arrangement between BWS and CCWD to strengthen water the operators’ capabilities; establish a water meter calibration program; and improve data efficiency to reduce power costs and improve data back-up capabilities.
Brazilian Study Tour of the Colorado River
In September 2013, eleven senior Brazilian officials and five World Bank specialists participated in a technical exchange visit to the western U.S. The overall goal was to share success stories, best practices and experiences from U.S. experts, especially on the Lower Colorado River Basin, which could be adapted and implemented in Brazil. The Brazilian delegation visited various water management sites in four major western U.S. cities. The Exchange culminated with a day-long meeting in Washington, D.C. that featured numerous U.S. Water Partnership members’ expertise on institutional collaboration, data and technology and the role of the private sector in water management.
USA Pavilion at the Seventh World Water Forum
On April 12 –17, 2015 more than 15,000 participants from 170 countries and nine Heads of State attended the Seventh World Water Forum (the Forum) in Korea. The Forum is the largest international water event and the U.S. Government delegation was headed by Deputy Secretary Mike Connor, U.S. Department of the Interior and included over 50 senior and technical staff. At the Forum, the USWP led the U.S. delegation in organizing the USA Pavilion. The Pavilion featured best-in-class U.S. water expertise and featured over 25 presentations from 17 USWP members.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell welcomed participants to the USA Pavilion via video and emphasized, “No single country nor entity has all the answers, but by working together we can help create a more water secure future.” The full video is available here. Partners engaged participants and shared presentations addressing a wide range of issues. The Forum offered an interactive venue to expand the collection of case studies and improve our understanding of resilient approaches to urban water infrastructure.
The USWP Secretariat is already planning potential U.S. participation in the next Forum in Brasilia. For more information, please email Chuck Chaitovitz with the USWP Secretariat at Chuck@getf.org.
WaterTech for Resilient Cities
On March 6, 2015 more than 150 participants attended the WaterTech for Resilient Cities conference in Washington, D.C. co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Organization of American States (OAS), U.S. State Department and USWP, with support from Bank of America, FEMSA Foundation, McWane Inc., Xylem Inc. and the IDB Regional Policy Dialogue. The conference called for collaboration between the public and private sectors across the Western Hemisphere to catalyze innovations and investments to make urban water infrastructure more resilient. “Climate change is a major threat to tens of millions of people living in Latin America’s urban centers such as São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Mexico City,” said Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, National Executive Committee Member, USWP.
Panels and small roundtables focused on identifying new partners, innovative approaches/practices and key solutions on topics such as built infrastructure, natural disasters and early warning systems, information sharing tools, innovative financing models, twinning arrangements for water operators and much more. Senior-level attendees represented unique perspectives from water operators across nine countries, in addition to the United States perspectives represented by USWP members.
Explore H2infO, the world's single entry point for water information and resources
H2infO provides a single entry point for access to quality U.S.-based water-related resources that contribute to solutions for global water challenges. This web portal shares a broad range of resources developed by U.S. Water Partnership members that can be used by stakeholders around the world. H2infO serves as a virtual water resource librarian, directing users to the resources they need.
H2infO provides users with:
WATERSECURE WORLD CAMPAIGN
While water challenges vary across the globe, these issues are solvable. We are at a moment in time when heroic leadership is needed to engage American philanthropy to build upon and grow the multi-stakeholder U.S. Water Partnership platform to support resilient communities, economies and ecosystems at home and abroad.
The American Leadership for a WaterSecure World Campaign endeavors to build support and resources for the mission of the U.S. Water Partnership. The Campaign learns from and builds upon American ingenuity to respond to water challenges – from promoting water cooperation between Israel and Jordan, to shaping U.S. environmental foreign policy, to developing innovative technologies that provide life-saving water to communities around the world.
Activities supported by the Campaign fall into three categories:
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Honorable Madeline K. Albright
Dr. Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.
In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy; was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie.
Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as President of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy.
Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.
The Honorable General Colin Powell
For over 50 years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, General Powell was born in Harlem in April 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. He attended the City College of New York (CCNY) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. It was not until he joined the Army ROTC program at CCNY that he discovered his calling and launched his military career. He received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in 1958 and went on to serve in the United States Army for 35 years, rising to the rank of Four-Star General.
From 1987-1989, General Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. He served from 1989-1993 as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton, and was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to ever serve in the position but also was the first African-American to do so. As Chairman, he oversaw 28 crises to which included the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Under President George W. Bush, General Powell was appointed the 65th U.S. Secretary of State and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As Secretary, he led the U.S. State Department in major efforts to address and solve regional and civil conflicts. He used the power of diplomacy to build trust, forge alliances and then help transform these unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures have the potential to prosper. He also worked at the forefront of American efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide.
General Powell is the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at his alma mater, the City College of New York. He is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance, dedicated to forging a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children have the fundamental resources they need to succeed.
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and former Chair of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America.
From 2010 to 2012, Ambassador Dobriansky was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters and was instrumental in the development of Thomson Reuters’ financial regulatory strategy. During this time, she also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy.
From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Among her primary accomplishments, she established and led the U.S.-India, U.S.-China, and U.S.-Brazil Global Issues Fora – which advanced crucial work and international cooperation on environment, health, development, and humanitarian issues. Additionally, she was head of delegation and lead negotiator on U.S. climate change policy.
In February 2007, as the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Dobriansky received the U.S. Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast. During her more than 25 years in national security affairs, Ambassador Dobriansky has held many Senate-confirmed and senior level positions in the U.S. Government including Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the 1985 U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House.
Ambassador Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University. She is a Fulbright-Hays scholar, Ford and Rotary Foundation Fellow, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of various honors such as the Foreign Policy Association Medal for her service to country and leadership of the World Affairs Councils of America. She has received other high-level international recognition including the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland, Poland's Highest Medal of Merit, Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, National Order “Star of Romania,” Hungary’s Commander’s Cross Order of Merit and Ukraine’s Order of Merit.
National Executive Committee Members
Ambassador Rich Armitage
Richard Armitage is the former Deputy Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. Prior to returning to government service in 2001, Mr. Armitage was President of Armitage Associates L.C. from May 1993 until March 2001. He has been engaged in a range of worldwide business and public policy endeavors.
From March 1992 until his departure from public service in May 1993, Mr. Armitage directed U.S. assistance to the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. From 1989 through 1992, Mr. Armitage filled key diplomatic positions as Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement, as Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East and as Special Emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. In the Pentagon from June 1983 to May 1989, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
Mr. Armitage has received numerous U.S. military decorations as well as decorations from the governments of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Bahrain, and Pakistan. He has been awarded the Department of State Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service four times, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Presidential Citizens Medal and the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award.
Ambassador Harriet Babbitt
Ambassador Babbitt practices law in Washington, DC, where she provides counsel at the intersection of law, policy and public interest. Ambassador Babbitt serves on a number of not-for-profit and for-profit boards. In addition to previously serving as Chair of the U.S. Water Partnership, she is Co-Chair of Global Water Challenge, Chair of Population Action International, and Vice-Chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the World Resources Institute.
Additionally, she serves on the boards of The Water Initiative, Everyone Counts, and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Ambassador Babbitt is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
From 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Babbitt served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to this, she served at the Department of State from 1993 to 1997 as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States. While in that role, she led the U.S. negotiating effort to completion of the world’s first anti-corruption convention and worked to strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and Inter-American cooperation against arms trafficking.
Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield
Ambassador Bloomfield is Chairman of the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan security think tank in Washington, D.C. He is Founder and President of Palmer Coates; senior adviser at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Operating Partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors; and Senior Adviser at ZeroBase Energy, which is the world’s leading developer of on-site, point-of-use energy products, catalyzing the transition to sustainable energy independence. Ambassador Bloomfield previously was a Presidential Special Envoy, from 2008-2009, leading U.S. efforts to protect international aviation from shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. Ambassador Bloomfield served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs from 2001 to 2005. He was also the President’s Special Representative on the landmine issue and led the U.S. government’s international outreach on critical infrastructure protection, including cybersecurity.
He formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-1993); Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-2002); Member, U.S. Delegation to Philippine Bases Negotiations (1990-1991); Member, U.S. Water Mediation in the Middle East (1989-1990); and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-1989), with other U.S. Department of Defense policy positions dating from 1981.
Ambassador Bloomfield is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, and the State Department's Superior Honor Award. He has served on the Board of the Landmine Survivors' Network and on the Future Concepts Working Group Advisory Board to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command. He returned to government service after eight years as a Partner in the international business group Armitage Associates L.C.
The Honorable Henrietta Holsman Fore
Henrietta Fore is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturer and distributor of steel and wire products. Ms. Fore serves as Co-Chair of the Asia Society and Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors. She is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Director of United States Foreign Assistance, holding the equivalent rank as Deputy Secretary of State. Ms. Fore was the first woman to serve in these roles. She was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually, including support to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. She also served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Ms. Fore is a successful businesswoman running her own companies and serving on the boards of public corporations. She is Chairman and President of Stockton Wire Products, a manufacturer and distributor of steel products, cement additives and wire building materials for the U.S. and European construction industry. She has also served on the corporate boards of the Dexter Corporation and HSB Group, Inc.
From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Fore served as Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of State. She was responsible for the people, resources, facilities, technology and security of the Department and was the Secretary’s principal advisor on management issues.
Ms. Fore served as the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the Department of Treasury from 2001 to 2005. She received the Alexander Hamilton Award in 2005, the Department of Treasury’s highest honor for her service as Director of the United States Mint. Ms. Fore also received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the highest award the Secretary of State can bestow.
Sherri Goodman is the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents more than 100 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.
From 2001-2015, Ms. Goodman served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a non-profit research organization that provides analyses and solutions for national security leaders and public sector organizations. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, whose landmark reports include National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), and National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (2014), among others.
From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Goodman served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security), responsible for environmental, safety and occupational health programs and policies of the Department of Defense (DoD). Ms. Goodman has twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and EPA’s Climate Change Award. Ms. Goodman has served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She has practiced law at Goodwin Procter, and has worked at RAND and SAIC.
Ms. Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council, Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the Joint Ocean Leadership Initiative, Marshall Legacy Institute, and the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of its Center for Preventive Action and on the Term Member Selection Committee.
A graduate of Amherst College, Ms. Goodman has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Henry "Hank" Habicht
Hank Habicht currently serves as Managing Partner of SAIL Capital Partners. Mr. Habicht’s career has included leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Chief Operating Officer. At the U.S. EPA, he oversaw the development of new air and water programs to prevent pollution, including the development of the Energy Star program and implementation of market-based trading programs under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.
Hank has served as Senior Vice President in charge of acquisitions and other divisions of Safety-Kleen, a billion-dollar environmental service company. He has also held positions and started ventures in the for-profit environmental arena, including VP of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, which co-managed the successful Environmental Venture Fund, one of the first successful green funds in the 1980s. As Co-Founder of Capital E, LLC, a strategic consultancy for emerging renewable energy products and technologies, he advised Fortune 100 and early stage ventures on sustainable growth strategies.
Hank has held numerous board seats over the years. Currently, he sits on the boards of SAIL companies WaterHealth International and Xtreme Power, and is a Co-Founder of the American Council of Renewable Energy. In 1991, the U.S. EPA awarded him with the esteemed Total Quality Leadership Award and in 2009 he received the national Richard Mellon Award for Environmental Stewardship. Hank holds a B.A. with High Honors from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
General Jim Jones
General Jim Jones served as the National Security Adviser to President Obama from January 2009 to October 2010. Prior to that, General Jones was President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy. From July 1999 to January 2003, General Jones was the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. After relinquishing command as Commandant, he assumed the positions of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and commander of the U.S. European Command, positions he held until December 2006.
General Jones retired from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007, after more than 40 years of uniformed service. On November 28, 2007, he was appointed as the Department of State’s special envoy for Middle East security.
General Jones spent his formative years in France, returning to the United States to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, from which he earned a B.S. degree in 1966. He is also a graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C.
General Jones has served in a variety of command and staff positions while stationed in the United States, Europe, and Okinawa, Japan. In addition to combat experience in Vietnam, his deployment experiences included tours as commander of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq and Turkey and, after advancing to Brigadier General, as Chief of Staff of the Joint Task Force Provide Promise for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia. In addition to having been awarded national and international military awards, General Jones received an honorary doctorate of letters in 2002 from Georgetown University.
The Honorable Maria Otero
From August 2009 through February 2013, Ms. Otero served as the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights. She oversaw U.S. foreign relations on the global spectrum of civilian security issues, including population, refugees, human trafficking, narcotics, global criminal justice and countering violent extremism. Ms. Otero also served as the President’s Special Representative for Tibetan Issues.
Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Ms. Otero was formerly President and CEO of ACCION International, a leader in microfinance and economic development working in 26 countries. Prior to ACCION, where she worked for 23 years, Ms. Otero was the Economist for Latin America at the Women in Development office of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and she served for five years at the Centre for Development and Population Activities. She was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins’ Nitze School for Advanced International Studies before joining the State Department.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Otero to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, where she served for eight years. In 2006, she was appointed by Secretary General Kofi Annan to the U.N. Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. She has served on several nonprofit and corporate boards. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
G. Ruffner Page, Jr.
Ruffner Page, Jr. has served as President of McWane, Inc. since 1999. Mr. Page joined the company in 1993, working in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to coming to McWane, he held management positions at National Bank of Commerce from 1989 to 1993, the Remington Fund from 1986 to 1989 and Bankers Trust Company in New York and Atlanta. Mr. Page currently serves on the boards of directors of McWane, Inc., Southern Research Institute and the National Bank of Commerce.
He is a member of the Downtown Rotary, Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama. He serves on the Boards of the Birmingham Airport Authority, Birmingham Education Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Page graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a B.A. in philosophy and psychology with a minor in economics. He is also a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Va. He and his wife, Penny, have three daughters.
The Honorable William K. Reilly
William K. Reilly served as the seventh U.S. EPA Administrator between February 8, 1989, and December 31, 1992.
Mr. Reilly is founding partner of Aqua International Partners, L.P., a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies in the water sector in developing countries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Royal Caribbean International, and the Packard Foundation. He also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of World Wildlife Fund, Co-Chair of the Global Water Challenge and the Energy Project formed by the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He previously served on the Board of Directors of DuPont and the National Geographic Society.
Mr. Reilly is an Advisor to TPG Capital, an international investment firm. He serves as Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Advisory Board for the company. In 2012, President Obama appointed Reilly to the newly formed Global Development Council, the mission of which is to advise the President on future directions for U.S. foreign assistance.
In 1970, he became a senior staff member of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Mr. Reilly moved from CEQ to become President of The Conservation Foundation, which merged with World Wildlife Fund, where he served as President until taking over as U.S. EPA Administrator.
Under Mr. Reilly, the U.S. EPA oversaw the crafting of new Clean Air Act Amendments in 1990. It pushed for leadership in international environmental affairs in the face of global political changes by establishing liaisons in eastern Europe, participating in trade negotiations to ensure that the environment was considered during the North American Free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs, and encouraged the Agency to play a larger role in working with Mexico to address problems along the Mexican border both in environmentally and socially responsible ways.
Mr. Reilly holds a B.A. in History from Yale, J.D. from Harvard, and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University. After law school, Reilly entered the Army and served a tour of duty (1966-1967) in Europe with an intelligence unit planning for the evacuation of U.S. troops from France.
General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Ret.
General Sullivan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of the United States Army, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Since assuming his position in 1998, General Sullivan has overseen the transformation of the Association into a dynamic member-based organization that represents Soldiers, families, and the defense industry.
His responsibilities encompass both daily business operating and strategy planning for the largest Army-oriented non-profit association. The Association promotes and advocates programs for Soldiers and their families, creates opportunities for Army-Industry and professional dialog; advocates public awareness of Army and national security issues through its educational mission and maintains an outreach program to national leadership on critical issues pertinent to Army readiness.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Quincy, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Norwich University and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in 1959. General Sullivan retired from the Army on 31 July 1995 after more than 36 years of active service. He culminated his service in uniform as the 32nd Chief of Staff—the senior general officer in the Army—and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Sullivan currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University and the Marshall Legacy Institute, as well as a member of the MITRE Army Advisory Board, the MIT Lincoln Labs Advisory Board, and a Life Trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
In addition to his many awards on active duty, he is also the recipient of the West Point Association of Graduates’ Sylvanus Thayer Award and a member of the Sergeants Major Academy’s Hall of Honor.
General Sullivan currently resides in Alexandria, VA. He has three children and three grandchildren. He is an avid reader, amateur historian, and active sailor and sport.
News & Updates
WaterTech for Resilient Cities
On March 5, 2015, more than 200 water experts from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States gathered at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. to address the impacts of floods and droughts on urban water infrastructure. Participants discussed challenges and opportunities for potential partnerships to fund and implement solutions.
The conference was co-hosted by IDB, the Organization of American States, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Water Partnership and supported by Bank of America, FEMSA Foundation, McWane Inc., Xylem Inc. and the IDB's Regional Policy Dialogue. The following documents and videos outline key issues discussed and highlight case studies for building resilient cities.
In response to the need for technologies to address global water challenges, the U.S. Water Partnership and the U.S. State Department showcased exemplar water technologies at “USTech H2.O,” a half-day event held on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-five water technologies were on display as part of an interactive exhibit and presentations. More than 200 people, comprised of the U.S. water sector and diplomatic stakeholder leaders, were in attendance. Please see the following report for more information.
Water Consultant Program
The Water Consultant Initiative (WCP) is an initiative of the U.S. State Department and the USWP that identifies and deploys best-in-class American water experts to high priority countries to conduct capacity building workshops and training sessions, and to provide expert advice to host-country stakeholders.To learn more, please send an email to Chuck Chaitovitz and Matthew Cassetta at the USWP Secretariat at Chuck@GETF.org and Matt.Cassetta@uswaterpartnership.org.