Subject Matter Experts

AWWA has a team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who cover a wide range of important topics, including water sector trends and regulations, source water protection, consumer confidence, cybersecurity and more. To schedule an interview with an AWWA SME, please contact our communications team.


David LaFrance

David LaFrance is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), leading the world's largest and oldest association of water professionals with 50,000 members worldwide. With a background as the former CFO of Denver Water, David brings expertise in water utility finance and ratesetting and oversees AWWA's extensive scientific, educational and public policy work to advance better water management practices globally.

Expertise(s): Water sector trends, water rates, AWWA


G. Tracy Mehan III
G. Tracy Mehan III serves as the Executive Director of Government Affairs at AWWA. With a background in environmental leadership and policymaking, including positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, he brings valuable expertise to AWWA's advocacy efforts. Tracy's experience and knowledge contribute to driving effective water policies.

Expertise(s): Water policy and regulation, source water management


Adam Carpenter
Dr. Adam Carpenter is the Manager of Energy and Environmental Policy at AWWA's Water Policy and Leadership department in Washington, D.C.  He serves as an expert and advocate on a diverse set of drinking water issues including source water protection, the energy-water nexus, cyanotoxins, climate change, consumer confidence reports, and other environmental policy concerns. Along with his colleagues, he works to further AWWA’s mission of supporting clean, affordable drinking water through sound application of science into policy, sensible regulation, public awareness, and building stakeholder consensus.  He holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and public policy.

Expertise(s): Source water protection, consumer confidence


Greg Kail
Greg Kail is the Director of Communications at AWWA. With more than 20 years experience in the water sector, Greg can assist with a wide array of water utility and consumer-oriented questions, or connect you to an appropriate subject matter expert.

Expertise(s): Water sector trends, consumer issues, generalist


Barb Martin
Barb Martin is the Director of Engineering and Technical Services at AWWA, with over 25 years of experience in the water sector. Leading a team of staff and volunteers, she develops technical resources and programs. Barb's previous roles include business development for process treatment technologies and analytical instrumentation. She is a licensed drinking water treatment operator in Colorado.

Expertise(s): Water resource and system management, system optimization, water reuse, workforce

Chris Moody

Chris Moody
Chris Moody is the Regulatory Technical Manager of AWWA’s Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C. He is a licensed professional engineer with more than 10 years of experience in environmental engineering performing planning, design, construction and operation of water and waste management infrastructure. He is a subject matter expert on technical and policy issues related to PFAS and supports manage AWWA’s policy portfolio for microbials and disinfection byproducts and other contaminants of emerging interest.

Expertise(s): PFAS, regulations, water policy, microbials and disinfection byproducts


Kevin Morley
Dr. Kevin Morley is the Manager of Federal Relations for AWWA. In his role, he works closely with federal partners at EPA, CISA, FEMA, USACE, CDC, and the Water Sector Coordinating Council to enhance the security and preparedness of critical infrastructure. Dr. Morley's contributions include expanding mutual aid through the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) and developing standards and guidance on cybersecurity, preparedness, and risk and resilience management for water and wastewater systems.

Expertise(s): Cybersecurity, risk management, emergency preparedness, perchlorate


Paul Olson
Paul Olson serves as the senior manager of standards at the AWWA where he is responsible for leading the AWWA Standards Program in the development of standards for the water sector. He has been with AWWA since March 2000 and has managed the Standards team since 2009. He has expertise on AWWA Standards and Manuals and the topics that those publications cover, such as distribution systems, piping, valves, storage, and treatment systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Expertise(s): Standards and manuals development and application, infrastructure, water system


Steve Via
Steve Via serves as the Director of Federal Relations at AWWA, where he plays a role in working with AWWA's volunteer community to assess and address regulatory matters. His expertise and experience in federal relations contribute to AWWA's ongoing efforts to evaluate and respond effectively to regulatory challenges in the water sector.

Expertise(s): Regulations, water policy and legislation, utility management