Apr 11, 2012

WEF Appoints Amanda J. Waters as New Government Affairs Counsel

Responsibilities to include outreach, analysis of federal water quality legislation

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the appointment of Amanda J. Waters to the position of government affairs counsel. Effective April 9, 2012, Waters joins WEF to play a key role in advocating the organization’s public policy positions and building member involvement in the development of key water laws and regulations.

In her new assignment, Waters will monitor, analyze and report on federal water quality legislation and regulations and their potential impact on WEF members. Her responsibilities include managing grassroots member involvement, working with WEF member associations to develop effective state legislative programs and supporting outreach on public policy matters to key external audiences such as elected officials, water utilities, manufacturers and consulting firms.

Working under the leadership of Tim Williams, senior director of government affairs, Waters will also be representing and advocating for WEF as well as developing strategies to help build support for its strategic priorities and programs.

“Amanda brings a wealth of outside-the-beltway knowledge and experience that will be very valuable to growing our advocacy efforts,” said Williams. “She’ll be helping WEF to shape legislation and regulation that’s in the best interests of clean water and public health. We're looking forward to working with her.”

Most recently serving as deputy executive director and general counsel at Sanitation District No. 1 in Fort Wright, Ky., Waters holds a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University and J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law. She was also policy advisor and later deputy general counsel to the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet and visiting professor at Wesleyan University.