Board of Directors
Oluwole A. (OJ) McFoy is the general manager of the Buffalo Sewer Authority, which operates a treatment facility holding 560 million gallons per day and a regional collection system serving over 550,000 customers in Western New York. He is responsible for delivering on Buffalo’s 20-year, $400 million commitment to eliminate the effects of combined sewer overflows in Buffalo’s Great Lakes waterways. Oluwole began his career at Buffalo Sewer in 2006 as the chief operating officer and has held multiple positions since, including chief financial officer and chief engineer. Before joining Buffalo Sewer, his early career involved project engineering and management at a regional architectural and engineering consultant firm. Oluwole now serves as a vice-chair for the New York Water Environment Association’s Utility Executive Committee. Also, he represents New York, serving in the Water Environment Federation’s House of Delegates as a state representative. He holds a BS in civil engineering from Clarkson University and is a licensed professional engineer in New York.
Albert Cho is Xylem’s vice president, and general manager, Advanced Infrastructure Analytics. Infrastructure Analytics at Xylem, a global water technology company with $4.7B in annual revenue. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s newest business, which focuses on intelligent infrastructure diagnostics and decision support services across the water, wastewater, and energy infrastructures. Previously, Albert led Xylem’s corporate and business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, market intelligence, and business development activities. Before joining Xylem, Albert worked as senior advisor to the deputy secretary at the State Department, where he was a White House fellow and served on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was an executive at Cisco Systems, where he led innovation projects applying information technology to environmental challenges. He also worked at McKinsey & Company, where he helped found the Sustainability and Resources Practice and advised clients in the industrial, high tech, and financial sectors. He served at the United Nations with Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Sachs on a global plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. He received an MSc in development economics and an MBA with distinction from Oxford and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College.
Snehal Desai, named Evoqua’s chief growth officer in January 2018, is responsible for corporate strategy; corporate development and mergers and acquisitions; research, development and engineering; strategic marketing; corporate and marketing communications; cross-selling; and the company’s smart water efforts. Snehal previously was the global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, where he developed and implemented the growth strategy for the business and led approximately 1,700 employees worldwide. Earlier in his career at Dow, where he worked for more than 20 years across two periods, Snehal held various positions in sales, marketing, business development, and technical service and development. Before Dow, Snehal led commercial and business development for Segetis, a startup focused on developing novel bio-based chemicals. He was also the vice president and chief marketing officer of NatureWorks LLC, the first company to offer a family of commercially available low-carbon-footprint polymers.
Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells is the chief executive officer of Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is a regional entity providing sanitary and stormwater management services to Cleveland and 61 suburban communities in Northeast Ohio. As CEO, Kyle oversees one of the largest clean water agencies in Ohio, a district that treats 90 billion gallons of water every year, thanks to the work of more than 750 employees. She works closely with seven trustees and nine directors managing hundreds of miles of sewer and stream networks, a multi-billion-dollar 25-year Project Clean Lake program, and a regional wet-weather strategy for the health of Lake Erie and more than one million residents. Kyle graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She earned master’s degrees with honors in both public affairs and environmental science at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and volunteered in Samoa for the Peace Corps. Before joining the District, she was director of the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.
Hank Habicht serves as a managing partner of SAIL Capital Partners. Hank’s career has included leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice as assistant attorney general, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as chief operating officer. Hank has served as the senior vice president, responsible for acquisitions and other divisions of Safety-Kleen, a billion-dollar environmental service company. He also held positions and started ventures in the for-profit environmental arena, including vice president 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 holds an AB with high honors from Princeton University and a JD from the University of Virginia.
Michael McAfee is president and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity: just and fair inclusion for everyone living in America. He brings over 20 years of experience as a leader who has partnered with organizations across the public, philanthropic, and private sectors to realize this vision. Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as a senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago regional office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Before his public service, Michael served as the director of community leadership for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts. He earned his doctorate of education in human and organizational learning from George Washington University and completed Harvard University's executive program in public management. He is an avid off-road hiker and practitioner of yoga.
Cindy Wallis-Lage is president of Black & Veatch’s global water business, leading more than 2,600 professionals in over 100 offices worldwide. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s water-related business strategies, development, and operations globally, encompassing engineering, construction, consulting, and design-build ventures that address the comprehensive needs of water and wastewater utilities. She also serves as a member of the Black & Veatch Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Well known in the water industry for her expertise in water reuse and treatment, Cindy has worked on over 100 projects around the world in both the municipal and industrial sectors. Cindy earned her bachelor’s in civil engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s in environmental health engineering from the University of Kansas. She serves on the engineering advisory council at Kansas State.