Mami Hara is CEO of the US Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. Mami brings over three decades of experience in land and water management, fostering sustainable and equitable policies and practices through cultivating leaders, partnerships, and workforce, and community centered participation, planning, and management. In her public sector and private practice roles, Mami has guided the planning and implementation of award-winning green infrastructure, sustainability, utility, and community investment programs across the nation. Mami leads the Alliance’s efforts as a National Environmental Finance Center.
Prior to serving at the Alliance, Mami was General Manager and CEO of Seattle Public Utilities, which provides solid waste, drainage, and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses, as well as drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers. In Seattle, Mami shepherded leading affordability, customer service, One Water, zero waste, and anti-displacement programs, as well as the largest capital project ever undertaken by the City of Seattle. Mami also served as First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Water, where she helped foster the groundbreaking green infrastructure program, Green Cities, Clean Waters. Additionally, as a principal with a leading urban design and planning firm, Mami led seminal projects such as GreenPlan Philadelphia, and impactful environmental justice-centered, open space, infrastructure, and development plans for underserved communities across the eastern US.