The Committee shall provide direction and leadership on the formation of government environmental policies, interaction with WEF members and MAs on these policies, and implementation of sound environmental policies.

The Government Affairs Committee 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.

 Government Affairs Committee Org Chart

To apply to this committee, please go to [email protected] and send an email with the following information:

  • Name
  • WEF ID Number
  • Committee of Interest
  • A short explanation of why you would like to join the committee (1 - 2 sentences).



Charles Stevens, 2019 - 2022
Tel: 816-513-0279
Email: [email protected]


Susan Sullivan, 2019 - 2022
Tel:  978-323-7929  
Email:  [email protected] 

Alexandria Kendrick, 2021-2022
Tel: 918-695-1007
Email: [email protected]

GAC Past Chair

Rudy Chow, 2019 - 2022

Staff Manager

Claudio Ternieden
Tel: 703-684-2416
Email: [email protected]

Government Affairs Subcommittees

Jim Fitzpatrick - Chair

[email protected] 

Rebecca West - Vice-Chair

[email protected] 

Allison Torbitt - Chair
[email protected] 

Steven Fangmann - Vice Chair
[email protected] 

Shellie Chard - Chair
[email protected]

Saya Qualls - Vice-Chair

[email protected] 

MA Liaisons
Brandon Koltz - Co-Chair
 [email protected]

Julie Nahrgang - Co-Chair
 [email protected]