George Hawkins, former CEO and general manager of DC Water, will deliver the keynote opening address for the 12th annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Hawkins launched his leadership and innovation-focused consulting business Moonshot LLC, and a parallel non-profit enterprise Moonshot Missions, after stepping down from DC Water, where he served for 11 years, including several as a board member.
During his tenure, he became well known across the water sector for transforming DC Water into an innovative, customer-driven enterprise, while tripling its investment in clean water. DC Water’s innovations ranged from award-winning green infrastructure and a $500 million investment in clean energy to creative social media campaigns and patents for new treatment technologies that require less energy and chemicals but achieve better results.
Hawkins serves on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and is a strategic advisor to Xylem Inc., one of the world’s largest water technology companies. He also is an executive in Residence for XPV Water Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on innovative water technologies, and as a professor of practice for American University’s School of Public Affairs, where he teaches graduate students about urban development, infrastructure and innovation.
Prior to joining DC Water, Hawkins was director of the District of Columbia Department of Energy and the Environment and served as executive director of several nonprofit organizations in New Jersey, including the Watershed Institute. He previously held senior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the law firm Ropes & Gray.
Hawkins graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School and taught environmental law and policy for the Princeton Environmental Institute from 1999 to 2017.
Registration for WSI opens May 1. For more information about WSI, visit www.WaterSmartInnovations.com.