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G. Tracy Mehan, III

Interim President

Tracy Mehan, an independent consultant, serves as Interim President of the U.S. Water Alliance and national Source Water Protection Coordinator for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University School of Law and Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. He was Principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, from 2004 to 2014. Mehan served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2003. He served as Environmental Stewardship Counselor to the 2004 G-8 Summit Planning Organization (2004). Mehan also served as director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (1993-2001) and as Associate Deputy Administrator of EPA in 1992. He was director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources from 1989 to 1992. Mehan is a graduate of Saint Louis University and its School of Law. Mehan served on the Water Science and Technology Board and now the Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act for the National Research Council of the National Academies. He was also an independent expert judge for the City Water Conservation Achievement Award program (2006 & 2011) sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and its Urban Water Council.

Mehan is a member of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and a regular book reviewer for ELI’s flagship publication, The Environmental Forum.

Mehan serves on EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board as well as the boards of the U.S. Water Alliance and the Great Lakes Observing System. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Environmental Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University and a past member of the board of the Potomac Conservancy (2006-2014).




Lorraine L. Koss

Senior Vice President

Lorraine L. Koss is Senior Vice President of the U.S. Water Alliance. In this position, she continues her 20 year career mission, creating strategic communications programs that unite the water sector and advance public understanding.

Lorraine joined the Alliance after more than 15 years with the Water Environment Federation. There she began the public education and outreach program, designing and developing programs such as Walk Your Watershed, Water Is Life, WEFTeach, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and Biosolids Public Acceptance, to name just a few. She came to WEF from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department where she was known as “Water Woman” and is responsible for starting the public information program.

Lorraine received her Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University and her Bachelors in Communications from Trinity University. She has served on several water related boards and committees, including as AWWA’s first Public Relations Chair. Recognition for her work includes five water industry awards and acknowledgement for having initiated both the North Carolina and Washington D.C. chapters of Water for People.




Hope Hurley


Hope Hurley is the Manager of the U.S. Water Alliance. She plays an important role managing the Alliance’s office and supporting the organization’s key programs, communication, and development activities.

Prior to her association with the Alliance, Hope was a member of Senator Jim Webb’s (D-VA) press team in Washington, D.C. She has also provided policy and research assistance to a number of environmental nonprofits, including Oceana, Clean Air-Cool Planet, and Atlantic Whale Foundation, on issues ranging from climate change, ocean conservation, and wildlife protection.

Hope received her B.S. degrees in Environmental Studies and Communications with a concentration in Policy from Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, FL. Prior to college, she was a participant in a year-long educational program in which she worked directly with local communities in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Canary Islands on environmental restoration and education projects. Hope was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, a city minutes away from her favorite fishing spot on the Potomac River.




Keith Zukowski

Communications Associate

Keith Zukowski is the Alliance’s Communications Associate. He plays an integral role in the development and promotion of the Alliance’s messaging, while also acting as support to the team at large.

Prior to working at the Alliance, Keith spent a year and a half working in marketing and communications in New York City, where he became an expert in digital, social, and traditional communications tactics.

Keith received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Richmond. Keith grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, just an hour away from the Jersey Shore and his favorite hike along the Appalachian Trail.




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