I&D Advisory Council

The American Water Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council functions as a recommending body and liaison to all functions of the business toward diversity, equity and inclusion. The Council supports, advises, empowers and advocates for efforts that will strengthen American Water’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Every American Water employee is respected for who they are as an individual and for our collective differences as a team. Members of the Council are volunteers who share an expert knowledge and/or passion for diversity initiatives and opportunities for inclusion throughout our workforce.

Executive Sponsors

M Kennedy M Kennedy

Melanie Kennedy
Senior Vice President, Chief
Human Resources Officer

Valoria Armstrong
Chief Inclusion Officer
and Vice President,
External Affairs

Rich Svindland Nicole

Richard Svindland
President,
California American Water
President,
Hawaii American Water

Nicole Boyd
Director, Inclusion and Diversity

 

Advisory Council Members

M Kennedy M Kennedy

Demetrio Marquez
Paralegal IV (CA/HI)

Padma Paan
Engineering Mgr. (Midwest - IL)

Larry M Kennedy

Larry Wooten
Sr. Manager, National
Supplier Diversity (Service Co.)

Steven Lauer
Divisional CFO Market
Based Business

 

 

 
Roderick Andrea

Roderick Sherman
Mgr. Customer. Accounts
Lexington, KY

Andrea Castro
Sr WQ & Env Compliance
Specialist Bridgewater, NJ

Bradley Denise

Bradley Harris
Specialist - External Affairs
Charleston, WV

Denise Couch
CSO Supervisor Pensacola,
FL- CSO

 

 

 
Jose William

Jose Castillo
Sr. Supervisor Operations
Fort Hood, TX

William Hill
Sr, Physical Security & Preparedness
T&I - Camden NJ

Nathan Melissa

Nathan Koch
Utility Person
Hummelstown, PA

Melissa Champlin
Spec Call Ctr Billl Collection
Alton, IL

 

 

Communications and Human Resources Support

Rich Svindland Rich Svindland

Megan Rowe
Mgr, Internal
Communications

Marianne Taylor
Dir, Talent Acquisition
and Employee Experience

 

The responsibilities of the Council include

  • Offer recommendations for project/initiative improvement
  • Assist project teams in setting priorities, including participating in ongoing planning
  • Activities of the Initiative
  • Support and advocate diversity and inclusion initiatives by increasing their visibility
  • Promote knowledge, skill and practices toward diversity and inclusion
  • Provide a forum for consultation on diversity climate issues that may arise
  • Maintain an active line of communication with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT)