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Careers for Change: Water is Life

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Students and young professionals from across DC once again gathered at the Reservoir Center for Water Solutions to explore how they could, in this events theme Water is Life, dedicate their time, energy and skills to closing the water access gap. George Hawkins and Anniestacia Denton from Moonshot Missions provided an energizing keynote, co-interviewing each other to provide insight into their unique paths into the water sector. From USAID to the Environmental Policy Innovation Center, water leaders from a huge range of backgrounds and disciplines also volunteered their story to help young people chart their career path. View a full list of speakers below.


Thank you to our Co-hosts:


Event Speakers

Keynote: George Hawkins

Founder and President

George Hawkins is the founder and CEO of Moonshot Missions. He was the General Manager of DC Water, where he served for eleven years, including several as a Board member. During his tenure, he became well known across the water sector for transforming DC Water into an innovative, customer-driven enterprise, while tripling its investment in clean water. DC Water’s innovations ranged from award winning Green Infrastructure and a $500 million investment in clean energy, to creative social media campaigns and patents for new treatment technologies that require less energy and chemicals but achieve better results. DC Water issued the nation’s first century bond, world’s first environmental impact bond, and spearheaded programs to support low-income customers and provide meaningful job opportunities for District residents.

Keynote: Anniestacia Denton

Utility Advisor

Anniestacia is an Alabama-registered Professional Engineer and Institute of Asset Management Certified Professional with six years of experience working with project teams on water/wastewater engineering design, evaluation, and modelling; utility business advisory; and asset management/capital improvement plan development projects. Anniestacia’s career highlights have included serving as the organizing team lead for an Innovative “hack” event with a United Nations-partnered international organization called UNLEASH to help address severe sanitation challenges in the Alabama Black Belt region. Anniestacia is passionate about enhancing utility resilience, community engagement and empowerment, and the assurance of equitable outcomes and opportunities for all, including the historically underserved.


Gerard Delziel

Chief Engineer


Hope F. Cupit


US Aid

Sarah Alexander

Water and Sanitation Advisor

Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security; Center for Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene


Tim Male

Executive Director

Ashley Voskuhl

Senior Water Policy Analyst

Serena Moncion

Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin – Outreach Program Manager


Aria Harris

WASH Program Manager

Kimberly L. Jones, Ph.D., BCEEM, F. AEESP

Associate Provost

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jason Lopez

Deputy Director

Michelle Ryan, PhD

Environmental Program Manager


April 25
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


Reservoir Center
301 Water St SE
Washington, 20003 United States
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