Government Affairs Community

The Government Affairs Community has a number of overarching activities as well as specific activities which include

  • Position WEF as a recognized expert voice on all water;
  • Provide input on environment-related policies through actions including engagement with government officials and written comments and testimony on regulatory and legislative matters;
  • Inform WEF members and MAs and work towards internal consensus on environmental policy issues;
  • Promote the establishment of practical and scientifically sound international long-term environmental policy objectives;
  • Serve as an advocate of WEF positions within the U.S. and issues relating to U.S. environmental policy;
  • Work with the Committee members to implement Strategic Priorities and advance WEF's Position Statements.

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Charles Stevens, 2019 - 2022
Tel: 816-513-0279


Susan Sullivan, 2019 - 2022
Tel:  978-323-7929  

Alexandria Kendrick, 2021-2022
Tel: 918-695-1007

GAC Past Chair

Rudy Chow, 2019 - 2022

Staff Manager

Claudio Ternieden
Tel: 703-684-2416

Focus Groups

Jim Fitzpatrick - Chair 

Rebecca West - Vice-Chair 

Allison Torbitt - Chair 

Steven Fangmann - Vice Chair 

Shellie Chard - Chair

Saya Qualls - Vice-Chair 

MA Liaisons
Brandon Koltz - Co-Chair

Julie Nahrgang - Co-Chair

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