The Role of Policy

Mary Barry, Executive Director of New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA)

Mary Barry is the Executive Director of NEWEA, the premier Water Quality Member Association in New England. Throughout her tenure, she has placed a bold emphasis on volunteer support; member services, program expansion, broader technical reach, and public out-reach.  Ms. Barry’s motivation and commitment is responsible for guiding the Association’s efforts to improve water quality and elevating the value of water and significance of our industry.

Ms. Barry’s leadership is focused on advancing knowledge, innovation, and sound public policy for the protection of the water environment and our quality of life. Before serving as Executive Director, Ms. Barry worked in the environmental engineering industry for nearly 25 years as Strategic Market Programs Director at local, national and international engineering companies within the New England area. Ms. Barry has a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Massachusetts and a M.A. in Communications Management and Public Relations from Emerson College.

Professor Gabriella Carolini, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning

Gabriella Carolini is an assistant professor in the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her research focuses on the dynamic relationship between social and fiscal responsibilities in the public sector, exploring the interaction of fiscal and administrative reforms with planning for infrastructure and public health in vulnerable urban and peri-urban communities in the global South. Her work is largely based in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, regions where she specifically studies how South-South cooperation and project evaluation practices impact urban development, particularly with regard to water and sanitation services.  Gabriella has actively engaged in research and projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, and South Africa.  Within MIT, Gabriella works as a collaborating member of the Displacement Research and Action Network, the Faculty Council of the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), the MIT-AFRICA Advisory Committee, and advises the UrbanAfrica student initiative.



Joseph Cotruvo, President of Joseph Cotruvo & Associates, Water, Environment and Public Health Consultants

Dr. Joseph Cotruvo is president of Joseph Cotruvo and Associates, LLC, Water, Environment and Public Health Consultants with a doctorate in Physical Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University. He is Board Certified in Environmental Sciences and a Research Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo, and a member of the School of Green Chemistry and Engineering Science Advisory Board.  He is a long time member of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality Committee, and serves on numerous expert advisory panels on drinking water quality, as well as several large scale wastewater and potable water reuse projects including Orange County, San Diego and Los Angeles, California.

He was first Director of the Drinking Water Standards Division, and Director of the Risk Assessment Division in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. His division developed risk assessments and comprehensive national drinking water regulations for microbial contaminants, organic and inorganic chemicals and radionuclides, the original regulations for THM disinfection by-products, surface water filtration, and proposed corrosion control lead and copper rules. He also initiated EPA’s Drinking Water Health Advisory Program providing health risk guidance for unregulated contaminants and emergencies.

His work includes Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory policy; quality specifications and health protection policy for potable water reclamation and reuse; novel point-of-use water treatment technologies; decentralized compliance with drinking water regulations in small systems; nutritional minerals in drinking water; pharmaceuticals and disinfection by-products; safe drinking water for emergencies; legionella and other biofilm contaminants in distribution systems; chlorination and bladder cancer risk; bromate metabolism. He is a technical editor for the Journal of the American Water Works Association, and a peer reviewer for several journals. He has more than 250 publications and presentations on numerous aspects of water quality and technology and regulatory policy, and he writes for WaterTechnology.

Michael Murphy, Director of Water Innovation at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)

Michael Murphy is the Director of Water Innovation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in Boston. In collaboration with Executive leadership at MassCEC, Michael is responsible for formulating and delivering on the vision and strategy of the Water Innovation Program at MassCEC. Michael plays a key leadership role for the Commonwealth in the ongoing development of the water technology and innovation cluster. Additionally, Michael is leading MassCEC efforts to build water technology focused international partnerships while also collaborating on water technology initiatives in the Commonwealth amongst a broad spectrum of stakeholders from the public, academic, investment, non-profit, and private sectors.

Prior to joining MassCEC in April 2013, Michael held several positions at the World Bank supporting the $2.5 billion Water Supply and Sanitation portfolio for Latin America. Previous organizations include the Pacific Institute, The Global Environment Facility, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development and the United States Peace Corps.