Director of Research
Global Water Girls
Katy has over 9 years of international and domestic experience in research, community advocacy, and program development. This work includes working with an environmental audit team to conduct a water quality assessment for Costa Rica, and exploring the evolution of stormwater management through a GIS mapping lab in Bogota, Colombia. Katy previously spent 4 years directing health and environmental outreach programs with World Camp, Inc. (now Access Health Africa) in Malawi and India. She is particularly interested in the intersection of major health issues (such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and malnutrition), access to natural resources, and climate change impacts on resource management. Katy serves on the Executive Board of the Women's Aquatic Network (WAN) in Washington, DC.
Why Katy Joined GWG
"Women and water are the two things very near and dear to my heart. Around the world, girls and women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water for their families and communities. Whomever first pinned women as weak is crazy. The strength and beauty of what women do for their communities is only matched by the power and magic of what water does for life on earth. GWG brings these both together and the creativity that ensues will help address the most pressing environmental issues of our time."
MA in Natural Resources & Sustainable Development
UN-Mandated University for Peace
MA in International Affairs
Water Management Certificate
Delft University of Technology
Renewable Energy Sources in Electricity Markets Certificate
Asia-Pacific Economic Coorperation (APEC)
BS in Psychology
Santa Clara University
BA in Religious Studies
Santa Clara University
Current Position in the Water Sector
Katy is a Research Manager at the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF). She manages project teams, serves on advisory committees, and works with utilities and partner agencies to disseminate findings.
Her work centers on research topics such as: One Water; integrated water management; climate change and resiliency planning; decentralized (non-potable onsite reuse) systems; and sustainable energy. She also conducts research and recently finished a two-year project for the World Bank on energy efficiency and recovery at water/wastewater utilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.