Julia Anastasio, Esq.
Executive Director & General Counsel
Julia Anastasio joined the Association of Clean Water Administrators in May 2014 as the new Executive Director and General Counsel. Ms. Anastasio has 18 years of experience in government law and policy. In the early 2000s she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and for the last 9 years she has worked with the America Public Works Association (APWA). With APWA, she focused on environmental, sustainability and infrastructure development at the local, state and federal levels and has extensive experience in with federal advocacy and administrative law before Congress and the Executive branch agencies. She is passionate about the role of state government in in developing and implementing national water policy and looks forward to working with ACWA’s membership.
Ms. Anastasio earned her B.A. from Franklin Marshall College, her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, and her J.D. from American University.
Favorite body of water: Susquehanna River
Sean Rolland, Esq.
Sean Rolland is the Deputy Director and provides direct support to the Executive Director and the ACWA Board of Directors. He also supports several ACWA Committees and Workgroups, serving as a liaison to managers and staff at the federal agencies. Sean drafts letters, position statements, and testimony to be presented to Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Having worked with the Association for almost 20 years, his duties also include grants management, budget development, vendor negotiations, and contract review. He also keeps the membership informed on CWA related proposed guidance, regulations, legislation, and recent case law. Sean initially joined ACWA in 2002 as a Legal & Policy Analyst. He has a law degree from Stetson University College of Law and has undergraduate degrees in both Marine Biology and Environmental Studies from Stockton University. Sean works remotely from Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Favorite body of water: Tampa Bay
Director of Operations
Annette Ivey joined the staff of ACWA in April 2007, as Fiscal and HR manager with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Strayer University, and a certificate of Administrative Management from USDA. Annette brings over 20 years experience in business operations including finance and budget management, human resource management, public and grant administration and nonprofit and for profit accounting, along with association meeting planning and membership development. She has worked on and managed several grant related projects for Women, Law and Development International and Child and Family Services ( FACES Project), and the District of Columbia state grant adult basic education program. She also has experience working with membership based organizations such as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where she worked cross departmental with meetings, exhibits, publications and accounting departments. Annette has coordinated several single audits including, A-133 single audits and numerous regularly occurring general audits, and is a member of Society of Human Resource Professionals and the Solomon IV (accounting) user group. With all of Annette’s work experiences, it is her volunteer experience after the Katrina storm, volunteering with Serve DC she feels is one of her best contributions.
Favorite body of water: Potomac River
Environmental Program Manager
Jasper Hobbs joined ACWA in July 2019 as an Environmental Program Manager. He manages the associations work in the following subject areas: Assessment & 305(b)/303(d) Reporting, TMDL Development & Implementation, 319/NPS Program, Modeling Workgroup, Workforce Development, and Wetlands. Jasper comes to ACWA with an M.S in geology from Kansas State University and a B.A. in earth science from Boston University. He previously worked for the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in their water quality division, and as an adjunct professor of environmental science at Bunker Hill Community College.
Favorite body of water: Crater Lake
Jake Adler joined ACWA in October 2019 as an Environmental Analyst. He manages the following subject areas: Monitoring, Standards, & Assessment; Water Resources Management & Climate; Water Reuse & Recycling; and Water Technology & Innovation. Jake came to ACWA after 3 years as a Water Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability Research Fellow at EPA Office of Science and Technology. He has worked or interned at the local, state, and national levels, and outside of water has worked on community development, local sustainability, and homelessness prevention. Jake holds a Masters in Political Science, Environmental Policy and Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
Favorite body of water: North Fork South Platte River, Colorado
Member Services Associate
Kara McCauley joined ACWA in April 2021 as a Member Services Associate. After earning a Bachelors in Writing-Intensive English from Marquette University, she moved to DC and is pursuing a Masters in Sustainability Management from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has worked as an organizer and a grant writer for environmental non-profits, focusing on water accessibility and safety issues, including water affordability, utility shutoffs, and the effects of fracking on community health and drinking water. She now coordinates member outreach and provides support for association meetings.
Favorite body of water: Lake Michigan