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About Us

A water investment community on a mission to advance potential water solutions.

Growing problems require growing solutions.

The Problem

Not crisis. Crises. Plural.

We believe that our water problems are coming at a pace and scale that we’re too often not ready for and because of climate change, population growth, limited public funds, and aging infrastructure we believe it’s going to get worse.

OUR SOLUTION

More.

More people, ideas, partnerships, technology and financing. And it starts by asking for it. That’s where WaterWorks comes in.

Mission & Vision

WaterWorks seeks to advance potential water solutions by introducing investors to opportunities in technology companies and projects seeking capital. 

 

1

Build a water investment community.

2

Present water investment opportunities.

3

Help advance potential water solutions.

We believe...

Delivering clean water and sanitation to all people is attainable.
Healthy waters, from stream to sea, are achievable.
Water problems are local and can be solved locally.
Solutions exist which can help our oceans, watersheds and communities.
Investors can help reshape the world around them.

Our Partners

Team WaterWorks

We are registered with the SEC and are a funding portal member of FINRA. We are led by a team of water, finance, digital marketing and fundraising professionals.

Operations Team

Founder & CEO
For more than 20 years, Lon has served in critical strategic roles for national business, advocacy, and political organizations. Previous positions include Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, Vice President in a private equity firm, and senior staff roles for former Vice President Al Gore, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Congressman John D. Dingell. Lon holds a BA from Arizona State University.
Founder & Senior Advisor
During the 2008 and 2012 election cycles, Julianna served as the National Finance Director and Deputy Campaign Manager for Barack Obama raising more money than any campaign in U.S. history. President Obama tasked Julianna with key roles in his administration, including Chief of Staff to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, White House Social Secretary and Co-Chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committees in 2009 and 2013. Julianna is a graduate of Smith College and currently serves on the Board of the Obama Foundation.
Director, Strategy & Business Development
Paul has been a trusted senior adviser to five U.S. Senators and two other state-level officials over the course of his career. His policy and business consulting has taken him from the Rust Belt of Indiana and Ohio, through the rise of Detroit, to the tech corridors of New England. He has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and cares deeply about Narragansett Bay which he lives on in Rhode Island. 
Chief Operating Officer
Brian has over 18 years of professional experience spending over ten years as an entrepreneur and nearly a decade managing and developing fundraising programs for a wide range of clients and projects. In 2009, Brian started a successful fitness training facility and co-founded an athletic apparel brand he went on to lead as President & CFO before exiting. Brian graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, before earning a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs degree at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Advisory Team

Advisor
Jon W. Allan has built his career around analytical insight, regulatory and legislative policy, environmental and natural resource management, and strategy development. Recently he has turned his focus to the intersection of ecological, economic, social and cultural value(s) of water and natural resources. Previously, Jon spent a number of years as Director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes contributing his considerable experience in aquatic science and natural resource management to their mission to protect, restore, and sustain the Great Lakes system which contains over 90 percent of the nation’s and 20 percent of the world's fresh water. He has extensive regional and national water management and governance experience having studied, advised, and led myriad collaborative governance organizations. Prior to that, Jon served in executive management positions in corporate environmental and energy management, government and regulatory affairs, and strategy. He holds a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife, a MS in Aquatic Ecology and Zoology from MSU, and has completed considerable additional graduate work in Environmental Policy and Law.
Advisor
Nathan Allen is a results-oriented environmentalist and intrapreneur. Allen leverages his background in organizing, clean-tech and commercialization to drive innovation in institutional systems. Now dedicated to accelerating the adoption of water technology as the Executive Director of WaterStart, Allen has grown this public-private-partnership to include leading water agencies and large consumers that serve more than 10M people internationally. Allen has also served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Trade Advisory Committee and regularly speaks internationally on water innovation and economics. Previously, Allen founded and managed the Model City R+D program for the University of Arizona and served as the sustainability coordinator for Biosphere 2 following time with a solar power start-up. He resides in Reno, NV where his wife and three kids enjoy life in the Eastern Sierra.
Advisor
Dean Amhaus has served as the founding president and CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, The Water Council was formed to drive economic, technology and talent development to support the water industry. With a strong, shared commitment to finding innovative solutions to critical global water challenges, The Water Council convenes global water leaders and supports businesses, utilities, government agencies, education programs and non-profits, with services, programming and networking opportunities.

Under Mr. Amhaus’ leadership The Water Council has received numerous international and national economic development and leadership awards. In 2018, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program proclaimed that The Water Council was one of five organizations in the United States that it considers a successful industry cluster initiative.

His diverse, forty-year background in multiple sectors encapsulates a wide-range of expertise in government relations, branding, fundraising, economic development and non-profit management in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.
Advisor
Carol M. Browner is Senior Counselor at ASG. Ms. Browner also serves as chair of the League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors and the Sustainability Chair of the Board of Directors for Bunge Limited.

Ms. Browner most recently served as Assistant to President Obama and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the U.S. federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reductions.

From 1993 through 2001, Ms. Browner served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As Administrator, she adopted the most stringent air pollution standards in U.S. history; set for the first time, a fine particle clean air standard; and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set scientific-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. She worked across the agency to ensure a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, particularly children.

From 1991 through 1993, Ms. Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.

She earned her B.A. and a Law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

She is based in Washington, DC.
Advisor
Meaghan has spent her career mobilizing grassroots support behind political candidates, advocacy organizations and issues, and is recognized as one of the most effective and innovative fundraisers in the business when it comes to raising dollars at the grassroots level.

Over the last 18 years, she has developed and managed all aspects of grassroots fundraising, target marketing and stakeholder engagement, including strategy, message, donor and prospective donor targeting, and analysis and budget management of direct mail, email and merchandising programs.

From her time at EMILY’s List as a Direct Marketing Assistant to serving as the Director of Marketing and Merchandising for President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Meaghan has raised more than $1.1 billion from email, direct mail, phones, merchandise and personal fundraising for organizations, causes and campaigns. In addition to direct marketing, she has the unique experience of being the first fundraiser to sell campaign merchandise for political contributions. In doing so, she changed the role and importance of merchandise in political campaigns by raising almost $40 million for the Obama campaign.

Prior to working on the Obama campaigns, Meaghan developed and oversaw the online and offline grassroots programs as the Director of Direct Marketing at both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2004 and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006.

Meaghan’s experience also includes serving from 2009 to 2011 as Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison under Administrator Karen Mills at the U.S. Small Business Administration. At SBA, she managed day-to-day priorities and programs, as well as led key aspects of the Obama Administration’s small business agenda and public engagement strategy.

Meaghan launched Burdick Consulting Group in early 2013, and has a variety of clients which include political campaigns, charities, foundations as well as private businesses.
Advisor
Jo-Ellen is a highly accomplished national policy leader in the areas of infrastructure, environment, conservation, and water. As the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, she supervised programs for conservation and development of the nation's water and wetland resources, flood control, navigation, shore protection and ecosystem restoration. Jo-Ellen also held numerous high-level staff positions in Congress, including as Senior Environmental Advisor to the Senate Finance Committee, Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Deputy Staff Director for the EPW Committee. She has a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Boston College and a M.S. in resource development from Michigan State University.
Advisor
Scott has pioneered digital strategy and technology for top political campaigns and progressive causes around the world. In 2016, Scott helped lead Bernie Sanders’ online fundraising, digital advertising, email, website, mobile, video, photography, social media graphics and more - raising $220 million online and achieving new records of young voter support. In 2008, Scott was the External Online Director for the Obama for America Presidential campaign.
Advisor
Michael is President of TMA BlueTech – a non-profit industry association founded in 2007 in San Diego. TMA is a leading voice for BlueTech nationally and internationally. Its Mission Statement is “Promoting Sustainable, Science-Based Ocean & Water Industries”. Originally focused on San Diego – the largest U.S. BlueTech (ocean and water tech) cluster – it has a growing number of members in the U.S. and abroad. TMA is helping promote the creation of regional clusters globally and helped form the BlueTech Cluster Alliance that today has 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries.

TMA is a multi-year Strategic Partner with the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. TMA was chosen by NOAA IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System) program office to co-author the first-ever study on the economic impact of the ocean observation sector in the U.S. published in early 2016. In Fall 2016, TMA received a multi-year Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award from the International Trade Administration (ITA) to organize the 1st ever U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative.

Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1973, having spent his junior year in Freiburg, Germany. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University “School of Advanced International Studies” (SAIS) in 1977. His graduate studies included a year in Bologna, Italy; a year at the Catholic University in Lima, Peru; and an internship at the European Community headquarters in Brussels. During his senior year at SAIS, Michael worked at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC—U.S. government political risk insurer for offshore investment) in Washington, D.C.

Michael is Founder and President of ProFinance Associates, Inc., a boutique Broker-Dealer firm founded in 1985, focused on corporate finance and M&A. He is an ex-officio Board member of the Maritime Museum of San Diego and a member of the Board of Governors of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS). Michael has sat on a number of corporate Boards of Directors including one American Stock Exchange company. Michael speaks five languages and has traveled extensively.
Advisor
Michael Likosky is the preeminent expert in public private partnerships (P3s). He has served as an expert to international organizations; federal, state and local governments; and US Senators. Michael has written five books on infrastructure investment including three with Cambridge University Press. He holds a DPhil in Law from Oxford University.
Advisor
Travis has over 20 years of experience in strategic communications, public outreach, and media, with a focus on water and environmental issues. He is currently director of communications at the Water Environment Federation, where he also hosts the podcast Words On Water. He previously directed water communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Program, served as speechwriter for the Governor of Hawaii, and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor.
Advisor
Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant who has served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. She is also a member of the Water Policy Group, an international network of former high-level water officials spanning four continents that advises on water policy.

In government, Felicia was most recently Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, with responsibility for drinking water, water quality, and water rights. As Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX was responsible for the range of environmental issues under EPA’s jurisdiction. Prior to that, Felicia headed Los Angeles Department of Public Works dealing with wastewater, recycling, stormwater and other environmental issues.

In the non-profit world, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the EVP/COO of the Trust for Public Land. Throughout these roles she was known as an adept leader of large institutions while promoting progressive policies and greater public engagement. She has a JD from NYU School of Law and an AB cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.
Partnerships Advisor
George is a nationally recognized political strategist and organizer with over 20 years of political management experience. Since 2011, George has served as the National Director of the Climate Action Campaign, a project of the Partnership Project’s Clean Air Defense Campaign.
Senior Strategy Advisor
Will is an internationally recognized thought leader on water strategy and innovation. He has authored numerous books and articles and presented on: the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy, and the energy-water-food nexus. He has been a water strategy advisor to private and public-sector enterprises and NGOs for his entire career. He has worked with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies, market entry strategies and M&A programs.
Advisor
Mr. Seline is currently the Managing Partner of Resiliency Capital Partners and the Executive Director and Senior Advisor for AccelerateH2O – a 501c3 organization focused on addressing barriers and limitation to innovating water in Texas, the Southwest US and the Gulf Coast. Prior to launching AccelerateH2O, formed over 30 federal, state and regional innovation-technology initiatives across sectors such as energy, advanced manufacturing, defense and national security, biotech/life sciences, and critical infrastructure.

Mr. Seline also served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration, Chief of Staff of the President’s Commission on Executive Exchange, Congressional Liaison to the Persian Gulf Task Force for the Environmental Protection Agency, Director of Client and Industry Relations for the US General Services Administration, and White House Liaison to the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations in the George H.W. Bush Administration.

Post his federal service and White House appointment, Mr. Seline consulted with Arthur Andersen’s Public Sector Practice as a Senior Advisor, where he was the lead for reorganization of several Cabinet-level and agency operations, and the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency’s groundbreaking InQTel Investment Fund. His work at the federal and state level resulted in the formation of regional investment strategies including the Texas Product Development Fund and the Emerging Technology Fund, Utah Science, Technology and Research Fund (USTAR), the Indiana Innovation Fund, the Tennessee Research and Commercialization Initiative.

Mr. Seline holds a BS degree in Urban Government from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Harvard University’s Kennedy School Federal Executive Program.
Advisor
Charles served for 21 years as a principal in a Nashville,TN-based private equity firm where he was responsible for deal origination, negotiation, structuring, and due diligence of acquisitions. Charles has also served as a Director on the Boards of four privately held middle market companies. Prior positions include Director of Equity Research at Wiley Brothers-Aintree Capital, LLC and Vice President, Municipal Finance, at J.C. Bradford Co. Mr. Sell received his BA from Brown University, MBA from the University of Chicago, and JD from Vanderbilt University.
Advisor
Based in Ann Arbor, MI, Sanjiv has spent the last two decades helping execute innovative transactions and leading water infrastructure/resources projects. A frequent presenter on topics related to the use of market-based instruments in the water infrastructure sector, he aspires to make these ideas mainstream. Currently he serves as a Board Member at the Delta Institute, a Chicago-based innovator; and Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), a national consulting firm.
Legal Advisor
Ms. Sosnow owns and operates an innovative, boutique legal practice in New York City. Her core focus is to service issuers, platforms and broker-dealers in the equity crowdfunding industry. She holds a JD/MBA from Suffolk University, summa cum laude, and is an active member of the New York City Bar Association.
Advisor
Stubbs is a recognized leader in building and implementing stronger, innovative, and more resilient regional economies and communities. Since April of 2014 he has led the Cleveland Water Alliance into an internationally recognized network (cluster) of corporations, universities, research institutions, public agencies, and utilities dedicated to the expansion of Cleveland’s and Northeast Ohio’s water innovation ecosystem, or “blue economy”. Before joining CWA Stubbs led technology-based economic development projects including as Managing Director of the Oberlin Project, Director of Entrepreneurship at the Chicago Westside Entrepreneurship Center, a partnership program of the Illinois Dept. of Commerce, University of Illinois and Chicago Community Ventures, and as Founder of Symbiotic Ventures. Stubbs holds a BA from the University of Kansas, an MBA from the University of Illinois and an Executive MBA/MPA from the Presidio School of Management.

Stubbs currently serves as President & Executive Director of the Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA).
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