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 Senior Management Team

Rob Renner

Rob Renner, PE, BCEE, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Renner is Chief Executive Officer of the Water Research Foundation, joining the staff in August 2005. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rob was the executive director of the International Society of Automation and served as deputy executive director of the American Water Works Association. He has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant optimizing water treatment plant performance. Mr. Renner holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in sanitary engineering from South Dakota State University and is a licensed professional engineer in both Colorado and Minnesota.

Beate Wright

Beate Wright, PE, Executive Director, Washington DC Office
Ms. Wright joined the Water Research Foundation as Executive Director, Washington, DC Office, in January 2016. A 20 year veteran in water quality and treatment, Wright most recently served as director of operations of Loudoun Water where she managed the utility's Goose Creek Water Treatment Facility and the Broad Run Water Reclamation Facility. She also has worked as a project engineer and project manager for Hazen and Sawyer and Parsons Engineering Science, Inc. Beate received a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University, a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, and is a licensed PE.

Tania Haskins

Tania Haskins, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Haskins is Chief Financial Officer for the Water Research Foundation, joining the staff in April 2012. Tania has 18 years of experience in nonprofit accounting and operations, specifically within 501(c)(3) organizations, and she also has 7+ years experience in the water community. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tania was the director of administration at AWWA for four years and spent nearly three years at Water for People as the director of finance. Tania is a CPA and holds two bachelor's degrees from universities in her home country of South Africa.

John Albert

John Albert, MPA, Chief Research Officer
Mr. Albert joined the Water Research Foundation staff in January 2005 as a project officer in research management and in 2008 assumed the duties of a senior account manager. John was named subscriber services manager in 2010 and Chief Research Officer in 2016. Prior to that, John worked as a research associate focusing on on-site wastewater systems and bacterial source tracking. John holds an MPA with a concentration in non-profit management from the University of Colorado–Denver, as well as an M.S. degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.A. in biology from Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

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