Freshwater alum a featured ‘Young Pro’ in Water & Wastes Digest

Kristina Surfus (MS, Freshwater Sciences [Policy & Management], 2014). Images: portrait from LinkedIn ; Young Pros image from ; background image from Facebook .

Kristina Surfus (MS, Freshwater Sciences [Policy & Management], 2014) was featured this spring in WWD Water & Wastes Digest for her work at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), where she is managing director of government affairs. Named a 2022 WWD Young Pro, Surfus began working at NACWA in 2015 and has been at her current position since 2020.

Originally appeared May 12 on .

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She told WWD that she initially didn’t understand the diversity of challenges and opportunities in the field.

“When I entered the water industry, I thought I was homing in on a narrow area of environmental policy,” she said. “The breadth of the issues the industry works on and the directions people can go within this field continues to surprise me.”

In 2007, Surfus was a US Senate intern and in 2015 was a Knauss Legislative Fellow to Senator Tammy Baldwin.

In 2006, she was a state sustainability intern in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

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