George S. Hawkins is Chairperson of the Blue Drop Board of Directors and CEO/General Manager of DC Water.
George drives an ambitious agenda at DC Water that complements a vast 10-year program to improve aging infrastructure and comply with ever more stringent regulatory requirements. Other signature initiatives include a new process to evaluate business processes with benchmarks and performance statistics, and a rebranding in 2010 to strengthen connections to the public. George is also building a new and strong relationship with local and national environmental advocates to work in tandem to achieve the next generation of water quality improvements.
Prior to joining DC Water, George served as director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), a $110 million dollar agency with 300 employees. There, he implemented the Anacostia 2032 Plan to transform one of the most polluted rivers in the country into an environmental gem that will drive economic revitalization. He also led the District’s efforts in reducing childhood exposure to lead hazards, negotiated the nation’s most stringent federal permit to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff andmanaged the nation’s most successful low-income energy assistance program, including conservation and weatherization. He launched and chaired the Mayor’s Green Team, which coordinated the District Government’s sustainability program across more than 40 agencies.
Prior to coming to the District, George was executive director of New Jersey Future. He also served as executive director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, held senior positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and served Vice President Gore on the National Performance Review.
George began his career practicing law for the Boston firm Ropes & Gray, and is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1983 and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1987. Since 1999, George has taught Environmental Law and Policy for the Princeton Environment Institute at Princeton University.
George enjoys break dancing at holiday parties and has a dog named Willow.