The Future of WEF

By Sandra Ralston
Posted Feb. 3, 2014
 

 

I am very pleased to share the exciting news that Dr. Eileen O’Neill became WEF’s new Executive Director effective February 1, 2014. Eileen has been our Interim Executive Director since last summer and prior to that was Deputy Executive Director. She has an impressive proven track record during 20-plus years with WEF delivering highly successful technical programming and building partnerships. Most recently, she has been instrumental in creating national and international thought-leadership programming at WEFTEC—the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world.

Eileen has consistently led our operations to be more strategic and data-driven, aligning WEF with industry trends and changing needs of water utilities and professionals, and I’ve seen this first hand. She has worked for an enhanced and more forward-looking volunteer experience, and her sincere appreciation of and partnership with the volunteer leaders is truly inspiring.

The WEF Board believes
Eileen is the right person to continue the momentum WEF has been building for many years. She champions the WEF mission and values. And she will work tirelessly to help WEF continue its leading industry profile in technical education, innovation, and water advocacy. 



 

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The Future of WEF By Sandra RalstonPosted Feb. 3, 2014    I am very pleased to share the exciting news that Dr. Eileen O’Neill became WEF’s new Executive Director effective February 1, 2014. Eileen has been our Interim Executive Director

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The Future of WEF

By Sandra Ralston
Posted Feb. 3, 2014
 

 

I am very pleased to share the exciting news that Dr. Eileen O’Neill became WEF’s new Executive Director effective February 1, 2014. Eileen has been our Interim Executive Director since last summer and prior to that was Deputy Executive Director. She has an impressive proven track record during 20-plus years with WEF delivering highly successful technical programming and building partnerships. Most recently, she has been instrumental in creating national and international thought-leadership programming at WEFTEC—the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world.

Eileen has consistently led our operations to be more strategic and data-driven, aligning WEF with industry trends and changing needs of water utilities and professionals, and I’ve seen this first hand. She has worked for an enhanced and more forward-looking volunteer experience, and her sincere appreciation of and partnership with the volunteer leaders is truly inspiring.

The WEF Board believes
Eileen is the right person to continue the momentum WEF has been building for many years. She champions the WEF mission and values. And she will work tirelessly to help WEF continue its leading industry profile in technical education, innovation, and water advocacy. 



 

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Sandra Ralston is the 2013–2014 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.Sandra is currently a Principal Consultant with Malcolm Pirnie, The Water Division of ARCADIS in Charleston, S.C. She also participates on the Business Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as a Strategic Partner for the International City/County Managers Association.

A WEF member since 1989, Sandra served as the chair of the WEF Government Affairs Committee from 2005- 2008, with particular focus on increasing outreach to Member Association government affairs committees, conducting the national discussion of what the next 35 years of the Clean Water Act should be, and engaging a wider community of stakeholders to talk about the future of wet weather policy. She was a member of the Committee Leadership Council development working group and served as Chair of the Stakeholder Focus Group in 2007. She also served on the planning committee for the Utility Management Conference.

Also a member of the Indiana Water Environment Association, Sandra was IWEA President from 2002-2003, served as chair of IWEA’s annual conference program, and represented IWEA at annual WEFMAX meetings.

She received a BA from the University of Colorado and an MBA from George Washington University.
 

 


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