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Katy Lackey

Katy is a Research Manager at The Water Research Foundation. WRF is a non-profit that conducts research to treat and recover beneficial materials from wastewater, stormwater, and seawater including water, nutrients, energy, and biosolids. 

In her current role at WE&RF, Katy manages project teams, serves on advisory committees, and works with utilities and partner agencies to disseminate findings. Her work centers on research topics such as: One Water and integrated water management, climate change and resiliency planning, decentralized (non-potable onsite reuse) systems, and sustainable energy. She conducts some research and recently finished a two-year project for the World Bank on energy efficiency and recovery at water/wastewater utilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Katy has extensive international and domestic experience in research, community advocacy, and program development. This includes work on an environmental audit team for the Comptroller General to assess water quality standards in Costa Rica, and field research on the evolution of stormwater management in Bogot√°, Colombia through the Center for Strategic Latin American Studies (CEELAT).

Prior to joining WE&RF, Katy worked for 4 years with World Camp, Inc.* in Malawi and India. She directed outreach programs with local stakeholders to increase access to health and environmental education. Katy was driven to a career in water resources through this work. She is particularly interested in the intersection of major health issues (such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and malnutrition), access to natural resources, and climate change impacts on resource management.

Katy holds a Masters in International Affairs from American University, and a Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the UN-mandated University for Peace. A Colorado-native, she is passionate about the mountains, hiking, water recreation, and all the great outdoors have to offer!

* Now known as Access Health Africa

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