The Water Systems Council, the national nonprofit organization solely focused on household wells and small water well systems, named Margaret Martens as executive director, according to Bo Andersson, president of the WSC Board of Directors.
Martens joined WSC in 2010 and had previously served as public education coordinator and program director. She has more than 25 years of experience working in nonprofit management, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, program development and implementation, marketing and education, fundraising, financial management, grant management, and policy development.
“Margaret has demonstrated exceptional leadership in further developing existing WSC programs as well as establishing a new initiative, the Water Well Trust, which provides wells or rehabilitates existing wells for low-income individuals and families in the United States,” Andersson said.
Martens is the co-founder of two nonprofit organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina, which serve the housing needs of low-income families and individuals.
“This is an exciting time for the Water Systems Council as we develop new opportunities to educate well owners, consumers, community leaders, elected officials, government agencies, planners, and policy makers about wells and the importance of protecting our groundwater resources,” said Martens, a member of NGWA. “I look forward to working with the WSC Board and membership to further wells as the safe, affordable, and sustainable choice for drinking water nationwide.”