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 Leadership Team Sponsor, Executive Sponsors and Director

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
California American Water
Hawaii American Water

Nicole Boyd
Director, Inclusion and Diversity


“Creating an inclusive and diverse work environment is not something a company can achieve by checking off a series of boxes. It requires honest self-examination and a commitment to deep fundamental change. Over the last few years, American Water has worked hard to embed inclusion and diversity into the fabric of our culture. As a company, we understand that our diversity is our strength as reflected in the inclusivity of our employees and the communities we serve.”

Melanie Kennedy
Senior Vice President
and Chief Human Resources Officer
American Water

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.)

Roderick Sherman
Mgr. Customer. Accounts
Lexington, KY



Andrea Bradley

Andrea Castro
Sr WQ & Env Compliance
Specialist Bridgewater, NJ

Bradley Harris
Specialist - External Affairs
Charleston, WV

Bradley Jose

Denise Couch
CSO Supervisor Pensacola,

Jose Castillo
Sr. Supervisor Operations
Fort Hood, TX



William Nathan

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

Melissa Champlin
Spec Call Ctr Billl Collection
Alton, IL



Communications and Human Resources Support

Rich Svindland Rich Svindland

Megan Rowe
Mgr, Internal

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)