Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies
Michael Deane is the Executive Director of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the national organization representing private water operating companies. Michael brings extensive experience and the unique perspective of having worked in both the public and private water sectors. Before joining the NAWC in 2009, he was Associate Assistant Administrator for Water in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he played a key role in developing and implementing national water policy. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Policy Advisor in Infrastructure Finance for the Agency’s Office of Water. Michael began his career in water at the EPA, working on the state revolving fund and public-private partnership programs. Before returning to the EPA in 2006, he served as an executive at several water management companies, including United Water – and its parent company, Suez – and the U.S. operations of Vivendi (now Veolia), where he focused on innovative financing and infrastructure policy.
Under his leadership, the association has increased outreach efforts on the regulatory and legislative fronts. Michael has also made educating Americans about the value of water and the challenges facing our nation’s water infrastructure a key priority for the NAWC. With a focus on raising awareness of the benefits offered by NAWC member companies, he is frequently quoted in trade publications as well as national outlets including Bloomberg, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Michael is a sought-after speaker for conferences and events across the country and abroad.
In addition to his role with the NAWC, Michael serves on the Pictet Water Fund Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the Board of Directors of Water For People, the Executive Committee of AquaFed, the International Federation of Private Water Operators and he is Chair of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure’s water subcommittee.
Originally from Minnesota, Michael holds a master of environmental management degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s in biology and geography from Gustavus Adolphus College.