Global Conference 2012

Speaker's Biography

Susan Leal

Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Water in the Americas, AECOM

Susan Leal is chief strategy officer and senior vice president of water in the Americas at AECOM. A water utility expert specializing in identifying realistic and creative solutions to water-related challenges, Leal recently concluded two years as a senior fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. As part of her fellowship, she co-authored the book "Running Out of Water." As former general manager of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission, Leal led the charge for a dramatic upgrade of the Bay Area's water system and outdated wastewater system. She previously served two terms as the elected treasurer of the city and county of San Francisco and as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Leal sits on the board of the Savannah Ocean Exchange and is an associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. She is on the advisory board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a B.A. and J.D.

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