About Susan Leal
Susan Leal is a water utility expert and author specializing in identifying realistic and creative solutions to the water-related challenges facing our world. She is currently principal at Urban Water Works, a consultancy that advises a wide range of public and private utilities, agencies and corporations to identify creative solutions to water-related challenges. Ms. Leal specializes in promoting climate resiliency and sustainability for the 21st Century. She previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for Water in the Americas at AECOM.
Ms. Leal was a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University in 2009-11. As part of her fellowship, she co-authored Running Out of Water, a proactive book focused on solutions to our looming water crisis. She continues to serve as an Associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. She is a member of the advisory board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, where she also received her undergraduate and law degrees.
As General Manager of San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission, Ms. Leal led the charge for a dramatic upgrade of the Bay Area’s seismically unsafe water system and San Francisco’s outdated wastewater system. She previously served two terms as the elected Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco and as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.