Water For People appoints new chief executive officer of organization

Water For People announced that it has appointed Eleanor Allen as its new chief executive officer of the organization.

Aug. 4, 2015 -- Today, Water For People (WFP), a Denver-based nonprofit water and sanitation organization, announced that it has appointed Eleanor Allen as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Allen comes to WFP from ARCADIS, an international global design engineering and consultancy firm, where she ran its global water business of more than $450 million as the global director of water.

As a professional engineer, Allen has extensive experience in water and sanitation and has built an expansive and diverse network in both the public and private sectors. She began her career in the Peace Corps as a water and sanitation volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Since then, she has worked around the world leading multi-cultural teams, winning and delivering water infrastructure programs and projects, and managing regional and global water businesses.

"I am honored and thrilled to begin my journey to lead Water For People," said Allen. "WFP is at a tipping point. We are on track for numerous districts to reach full coverage for everyone, and we have a line of sight to take our 'Everyone Forever' model national in several countries. We know our model works, and we are primed for continued success as we scale for greater impact. I look forward to working with the WFP team and partners to expand and enhance the incredible work already being done."

Prior to joining ARCADIS, Allen spent 16 years at CH2M, another global engineering consultancy. Her notable experience with the company includes: Latin America Director of Water, Rio 2016 Olympics Infrastructure Integrator Program Management bid; Chief of Staff to the CEO, Program Management of the Guanabara Bay Sewer Program (Rio de Janeiro); and Program Manager for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Capital Improvements Program and Non-Revenue Water Reduction Program, Kind County (WA) Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant, Seattle Cedar Water Treatment Plant and numerous projects in California.

Allen's appointment came after an extensive search by the WFP board. In her first year, Allen plans on building the organization's network of donors and partners. She will also focus on developing a long-term strategic plan to scale Everyone Forever -- WFP's model for bringing water and sanitation access to every family, school and clinic in the districts where it works and building local capacity to operate and maintain the systems forever.

See also:

"American Water raises record-setting funds for 'Water For People' campaign"

"Water for People raises funds to improve water quality in developing countries"

About Water For People

Water For People is an international development organization dedicated to providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services in nine developing countries. By working with local governments, communities, the business community, and local non-profit partners, Water For People ensures that everyone in a specific region has these basic needs met forever. This innovative approach reaches every family, every school, and every clinic, catalyzing transformative change for better health and economic development. For more information, visit www.waterforpeople.org.


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