Board of Directors

Oluwole A. (OJ) McFoy
General Manager, Buffalo Sewer Authority
Board Chair

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.

Michael Carlin
Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Michael Carlin was appointed as the deputy general manager and chief operating officer of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in 2009. In his role, Michael supervises the agency’s efforts in capital planning, emergency response, asset management, and other functions across the three business lines—water, power, and wastewater. Before this position, Michael served as the assistant general manager for Water, where he led the effort to diversify the water supply portfolio. He continues leading many of the environmental initiatives, including addressing the impact of climate change on the organization. He joined SFPUC in 1996 as the water resources planning manager, where he led the effort to develop comprehensive capital plans. That effort led to the establishment and execution of the Water System Improvement Program. Before joining SFPUC, Michael worked for more than a decade at the San Francisco Regional Water Board, where he was the planning chief. Michael is a native San Franciscan and continues to live in the city today.
Albert Cho
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and External Affairs Officer, Xylem

Mr. Cho is responsible for driving Xylem’s efforts to digitize water infrastructure, as well as the continued development of strategies to achieve our vision and create social and economic value. Previously, Mr. Cho served as General Manager of Xylem’s Advanced Infrastructure Analytics business. Prior to that, he led Xylem’s strategy and mergers and acquisitions teams. Before joining Xylem, Mr. Cho worked as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the State Department, where he was a White House Fellow and served on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. He has also been an executive at Cisco Systems, worked at McKinsey & Company, and worked at the United Nations on a global plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Cho serves on the Board of Directors of the US Water Alliance and the Canadian Water Network, and on the Programme Committee for Singapore International Water Week. He is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Cho earned a bachelor of arts in social studies, summa cum laude, from Harvard University, a master of science in development economics from the University of Oxford, and an MBA with distinction from Said Business School at the University of Oxford. 

Snehal Desai
Executive Vice President, Chief Growth & Sustainability Officer, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
As Executive Vice President and Chief Growth & Sustainability Officer, Snehal Desai is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Evoqua's growth. Snehal oversees Corporate Strategy, M&A, Technology & Innovation, Digital Business, IT, Strategic Marketing, Sustainability, and Corporate & Marketing Communications. Prior to joining Evoqua in January 2018, Snehal was the global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions. 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 joining Dow, he led commercial and business development for Segetis and was vice president and chief marketing officer of NatureWorks LLC. Snehal currently serves on the board of directors of the US Water Alliance and the board of trustees of Chatham University. He received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. Snehal is based at Evoqua's world headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells
Chief Executive Officer, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

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.

Yvonne Forrest
Director, Houston Water
Yvonne Forrest is the director of Houston Water. Ms. Forrest is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Houston’s regional water and wastewater utility systems. She also oversees regulatory compliance, infrastructure planning, and operations/program support. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, and the city’s public water and wastewater system is one of the largest utilities within the United States. She manages a staff of over 1,700 with an annual capital and operations and maintenance budget of over $657 million. The Drinking Water Operations branch is responsible for three surface water purification plants, 100 groundwater pumping stations, over 7,000 miles of water mains, 59,000 fire hydrants, and 159,000 valves. The Wastewater Operations branch is responsible for 39 waste treatment plants, over 370 lift stations, 127,000 manholes, and 6,100 miles of gravity and force mains. Prior to her career in public service, Ms. Forrest spent 15 years as an engineer in the private sector, developing processes to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, permits, and corporate standards. She holds a BSc in chemical engineering from University of South Carolina.
Hank Habicht
Co-Founder, Water Finance Exchange

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.

Ghassan Korban
Executive Director, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
Ghassan Korban is the executive director of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO). Prior to becoming the executive director of SWBNO in September of 2018, Ghassan Korban served the Department of Public Works for 31 years. During his last eight years, Ghassan served as the commissioner of Public Works. As the commissioner, he was responsible for four divisions: Milwaukee Water Works, Operations, Parking, and Infrastructure, which included transportation, sanitary, and storm water management. In his current role as executive director, he oversees the provision of clean drinking water, treatment of wastewater, and drainage operations for the city of New Orleans. His primary mission is to overhaul the agency’s antiquated equipment and infrastructure, creating a modern utility capable of meeting the needs of its customers. Some of Mr. Korban’s key accomplishments include the planning, design, and construction of the first modern streetcar system in the city of Milwaukee, and coordination of the construction of the entire infrastructure needed to support the new Milwaukee Bucks' basketball arena. Mr. Korban received a BSc in civil engineering and an MSc in construction management from Marquette University.
John Take
Executive Vice President, Global Water Business, Stantec
John Take is the executive vice president and chief business officer at Stantec. John oversees the activities of Stantec’s five business operating units with a focus on strategic growth initiatives and campaigns, client relationships and development, management and development of key accounts, and client service initiatives. He also serves as a member of Stantec’s Disclosure Committee. Over the past 30 years, John has been involved in hundreds of One Water projects around the world in both the municipal and industrial sectors. John earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Brunswick and his master’s in water resources engineering from the University of Alberta. In addition to his diverse and extensive Stantec portfolio and his role as a board member with the US Water Alliance, John is a member of and has been involved with professional organizations such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the AZ Water Association, and the Water Environment Federation. John has an active commitment to community and volunteers on the Executive Leadership Council of Water For People, as well as multiple organizations focused on delivering education, training, and microloan-funded support of entrepreneurial business startups for the growing and thriving refugee and immigrant community in southern Arizona.
Cindy Wallis-Lage
Executive Director, Sustainability and Resilience, Black & Veatch
Cindy Wallis-Lage is Executive Director, Sustainability and Resilience, for Black & Veatch. She began this role in January 2022 to accelerate an enterprise-wide focus on sustainability and resilience solutions to support clients in the water, energy, telecommunications, and transportation markets. Previously, Wallis-Lage served as the president of the company’s global water business from 2012 to 2021. She has played a leadership role on projects worldwide, helping public and private entities successfully develop, enhance and manage their water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure via a variety of solutions and delivery methods.  Wallis-Lage is active in numerous educational initiatives and industry organizations. Using her position, passion and knowledge, she is a champion of the Sustainable Development Goals and seeks to educate how systems thinking can provide the needed long-term human infrastructure to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability goals.