Michael Deane

Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)

Michael Deane is the Executive Director of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC). Before joining NAWC in 2009, he was Associate Assistant Administrator for Water at the EPA where he played a key role in developing and implementing national water policy. He has also served in executive roles at several water management companies, including United Water - and its parent company, Suez - and the US 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 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 NAWC, Michael serves on the Pictet Water Fund Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, 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.