Why, What & How
I help purpose-driven organizations succeed so that people, communities, and ecosystems can thrive and prosper. I am passionate about improving the human condition through environmental stewardship and organizational excellence. I am a strategist, advisor, facilitator, writer, teacher, board member and water geek.
Through my firm Seventh Ward Strategies, LLC, I provide consulting services to public, private, and non-profit organizations. I bring my deep operations, management, talent development, governance and communications experience to bear on each assignment, bringing multiple stakeholders together to find common ground in solving complex challenges.
My consulting practice is focused on harnessing the power of values-based leadership, strategic communications, and effective teams to foster sustainable business growth, promote equity, and implement innovative yet practical solutions to critical civic challenges. My areas of focus include: water, environmental stewardship, corporate citizenship, sustainability, social justice, impact investment, community empowerment, and capacity-building.
I am also working on a novel set in New Orleans in 1943. For more on that project, please visit www.saintjosephsday.com
Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc.
Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc. (NPCC), is responsible for promoting and enhancing the reliability of the international, interconnected bulk power system in Northeastern North America through the development of Regional Reliability Standards and compliance assessment and enforcement of continent-wide and Regional Reliability Standards, coordination of system planning, design and operations, and assessment of reliability, and the establishment of Regionally-specific criteria, and monitoring and enforcement of compliance with such criteria for the State of New York, the six New England states, Ontario, Québec, and the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Member, Board O&M Committee
Member of the Advisory O&M Committee of the Board of Directors for H2O Innovation, which designs and provides integrated water treatment solutions, specialty chemicals, and operations & maintenance services for municipal, industrial, energy and natural resources end-users.
University of Colorado at Boulder
I am a member of the team, led by Dr. Richard Kuchenrither, that developed the Water Engineering and Management certificate program at CU-Boulder. The course helps graduate-level civil engineering and distance learning students prepare for a career in the water industry, and includes topics such as: governance, leadership, ethics, finance, communications and management.
I'm a native Bostonian, transplanted to New Orleans in 2002. I spent 15 years with the Fortune 500 global project management firm CH2M (acquired by Jacobs in 2017), including serving as one of seven employee-directors on the firm’s Board. During my career at CH2M, I was President of the $380 million Operations Management business unit for six successful years, with full profit-and-loss responsibility for that 2,300-person group.
I wore many other hats over the years at CH2M, including time in the C-suite as Chief Communications Officer. I was President of the CH2M Foundation, Trustee of the company’s retirement systems, and team leader for drinking water and utility management consulting. I was a portfolio leader for several key client accounts, executive sponsor for the firm’s global sustainability and corporate citizenship initiatives, and an active member of the Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Before joining CH2M, I worked for several other firms, was deputy director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and a project manager for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.
An experienced non-profit board member, I chaired the board of the global non-profit Water For People, from whom I was honored to receive the Robert Hite Award. I was an officer of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and received that organization’s Outstanding Service and Honorary Membership awards. I also served on the Board, and as Governance Committee Chair, for the US Water Alliance, and I am a member of the Water Environment Federation, AWWA, Women Corporate Directors, and the International Women’s Forum.
Business Operations & Consulting
Governance & Organizational Excellence
Environmental Stewardship & Corporate Citizenship
Strategic Communications & Teaching
Presentations & Publications
Harvard Kennedy School
Master's in Public Administration
B.A., Political science
Kellogg Women's Director Development Program