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Ben Grumbles


Ben Grumbles is President of the U.S. Water Alliance, a not-for-profit educational organization based in Washington, DC and committed to uniting people and policies for water sustainability throughout the country. He has a long career in water and environmental policy, serving the public and teaching law students and environmental professionals, over the last 25 years.

Most recently, he led Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality working on air quality and climate change, energy policy and waste management, water efficiency, and wastewater recycling. Regional priorities included protecting the Grand Canyon, Colorado River, and Arizona-Mexico border environment.

Mr. Grumbles served as Assistant Administrator for Water at US EPA from 2004 through 2008. He launched EPA’s water efficiency labeling program, WaterSense, and initiatives on green infrastructure, water and climate change, and pharmaceuticals. He carried out and defended the nation’s clean water, drinking water, ocean and coastal, and wetlands laws and worked on great waterbody collaborations from coast to coast.

From 1985 to 2001, he served in the US House of Representatives in various environmental counsel and staff director roles for the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Science Committee. His particular focus was on water and its connections to people, wildlife, agriculture, and energy.

Mr. Grumbles serves on various boards and committees, including the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences; Solutions from the Land, an educational nonprofit forging integrated and sustainable policies for agriculture, forestry, and conservation in the U.S. and globally; and the Water Resources Adaption to Climate Change Workgroup of the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information. He is also a former board member and current supporter of River of Words, a national nonprofit committed to connecting kids to their watersheds and imaginations through poetry and art.

Mr. Grumbles has a Masters degree in environmental law from George Washington U. Law School, a J.D. degree from Emory University Law School, and a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University. He was born and raised in the Beargrass Creek watershed of the Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky, four-miles east of Churchill Downs. Ben, his wife Karen, and their two children live and play in the Spout Run watershed of the Potomac River, Arlington, VA.




Lorraine L. Koss

Senior Vice President

Lorraine L. Koss is Senior Vice President of the U.S. Water Alliance. In this position, she continues her 20 year career mission, creating strategic communications programs that unite the water sector and advance public understanding.

Lorraine joined the Alliance after more than 15 years with the Water Environment Federation. There she began the public education and outreach program, designing and developing programs such as Walk Your Watershed, Water Is Life, WEFTeach, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and Biosolids Public Acceptance, to name just a few. She came to WEF from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department where she was known as “Water Woman” and is responsible for starting the public information program.

Lorraine received her Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University and her Bachelors in Communications from Trinity University. She has served on several water related boards and committees, including as AWWA’s first Public Relations Chair. Recognition for her work includes five water industry awards and acknowledgement for having initiated both the North Carolina and Washington D.C. chapters of Water for People.




Hope Hurley


Hope Hurley is the Manager of the U.S. Water Alliance. She plays an important role managing the Alliance’s office and supporting the organization’s key programs, communication, and development activities.

Prior to her association with the Alliance, Hope was a member of Senator Jim Webb’s (D-VA) press team in Washington, D.C. She has also provided policy and research assistance to a number of environmental nonprofits, including Oceana, Clean Air-Cool Planet, and Atlantic Whale Foundation, on issues ranging from climate change, ocean conservation, and wildlife protection.

Hope received her B.S. degrees in Environmental Studies and Communications with a concentration in Policy from Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, FL. Prior to college, she was a participant in a year-long educational program in which she worked directly with local communities in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Canary Islands on environmental restoration and education projects. Hope was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, a city minutes away from her favorite fishing spot on the Potomac River.





Keith Zukowski

Communications Associate

Keith Zukowski is the Alliance’s Communications Associate. He plays an integral role in the development and promotion of the Alliance’s messaging, while also acting as support to the team at large.

Prior to working at the Alliance, Keith spent a year and a half working in marketing and communications in New York City, where he became an expert in digital, social, and traditional communications tactics.

Keith received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Richmond. Keith grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, just an hour away from the Jersey Shore and his favorite hike along the Appalachian Trail.




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