Karen Pallansch is a member of the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
Karen currently serves as CEO for Alexandria Renew
Enterprises, previously known as the Alexandria Sanitation Authority. She
has served as CEO for seven years, leading a rebranding effort that
incorporates a successful a public – developer partnership that will create a
neighborhood from an industrial area that served as an unregulated landfill for
the City. This site will also be
the test market for the company’s Alexandria blurenew reclaimed water
product. Prior to her work with
Alexandria Renew, Karen worked for the Virginia Department of Environmental
Quality as a Senior Engineer and as a General Engineer with the Department of
the Army, charged with rehabilitation army ammunition bases and managing
associated ammunition research projects.
A WEF member since
1994, Karen has held multiple leadership and committee roles within the
Federation. She has served on the Utility Management Committee, the Public
Communications Committee and the Utility Management Conference for many years,
chairing both the Utility Management Conference Committee and the Facilities
Subcommittee in Utility Management.
As a member of the Government Affairs Committee, she led the Legislative
Also an active
member of the Virginia Water Environment Association, Karen has chaired several
committees including Strategic Planning, Public Relations, and Annual meeting,
before moving through the chairs and serving as President.
Her other professional
affiliations include serving on the National Association of Clean Water
Agencies’ Board of Directors and as an officer in the role of Treasurer as well
as Chair of the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Pool. She was
previously chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation Research Council
and served as an ex officio member of that Board.
Karen is a registered
professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, Licensed Wastewater Treatment
Plant Operator – Virginia Class I, and is a Diplomate with the American
Academy of Environmental Engineers.
She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in Business Management from East Texas State University.