Search Committee Members: 

David Miller 

Barbara Cook

Vice President:
Lisa Gove 

Past President:
Craig Douglas

Immediate Past President:
Chris Hodgson

Board Member:
Nate Little

Board Member:
David Polcari 



New England Water Works Association’s Board of Directors Appoints Kirsten King Executive Director

March 5, 2019

The New England Water Works Association’s (NEWWA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirsten King as its new executive director. Kirsten will begin this role immediately, after a long vacancy due to the passing of its previous executive director last fall. She has been on staff at NEWWA for the past 14 years, first as its director of communications, and more recently as the deputy executive director of administration. 

Kirsten is a career-long water professional with more than 20 years in the business. Her experience includes working for a major New England utility and then an engineering consulting firm before joining NEWWA in 2005, where she honed her skills as an association manager. 

She states: “I am humbled and honored that the board selected me executive director. NEWWA has undergone major transitions over the past 3 years, and I intend to move the organization forward by working closely with the staff, board of directors, and dedicated membership to continue our vision of inspiring excellence in the drinking water profession, public confidence in tap water, and water resource stewardship.” 

Kirsten’s experience in both the water and association management professions extends from media relations and public education, to emergency preparedness, event planning and management, grant management, award-winning course development and instruction, relationship building, strategic planning, and association and budgetary management. 

“After an extensive search process NEWWA’s board is thrilled to elevate such a well-rounded, experienced, and passionate professional to NEWWA’s helm,” said NEWWA President David Miller. “NEWWA’s board is excited to welcome Kirsten into her new role and we look forward to working with her to take the association to the next level.” 

Kirsten holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Westfield State College and a Master’s Degree in Communications from Boston University. She is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), where she sits on the Public Affairs Council, as well as the New England Society of Association Executives, where she sat on the Program Committee and chaired the Communications Task Force for a year. She is a City of Boston Parkman Club inductee, and a recipient of NEWWA’s Public Communications Award. She resides in Burlington, MA, with her husband and children.