Water For People
Eleanor Allen is a compassionate truth-teller and advocate of empowered equality for people across the globe. She is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping millions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs, and thrive.
Eleanor is fiercely passionate about improving the state of the world with respect to water and sanitation. She has dedicated her career to this goal, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, then as a consulting engineer (at Arcadis and CH2M/Jacobs), and now as the CEO of Water For People. As a professional civil engineer, Eleanor has lived and worked all over the world. As a business executive with extensive experience in water, she has led large global and regional operations in consulting, project management, program management, business development, and engineering. Eleanor believes societal change can be accelerated through social entrepreneurship and the efforts of organizations like Water For People. Eleanor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, licensed professional civil engineer, and board-certified environmental engineer with technical expertise in water and wastewater treatment, and is a distinguished alumna of the University of California at Berkeley. Eleanor is Water Environment Federation Fellow and was named one of the Top 10 Influential Women of Water in 2020. She serves on the board of Parametrix and the University of Colorado.