With nearly 30 years of experience in the water/wastewater industry, Linda Hanifin Bonner provides a unique blend of organization, governance and financial management experience to the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC). In this capacity, she is responsible, in conjunction with the WDBC committees, for the overall development and implementation of Board approved projects and programs, including education and outreach materials, all of which support the Council in fulfilling its mission.
Dr. Hanifin Bonner’s professional career has been dedicated to developing pragmatic and strategic oriented approaches through education to the factors influencing water and wastewater industry projects. With origins as an environmental planner for Montgomery County, MD, her work over the years has been supporting federal, state and local government agencies, the engineering community, and private industry.
Dr. Hanifin Bonner is a certified facilitator/mediator and experienced researcher in methodologies such as focus groups and customer surveys. Her publications addressed the emerging socio-technical challenges facing technical managers and public policy officials responsible for water quality projects and programs in a new regulatory environment.
Additionally, Dr. Hanifin Bonner’s expertise includes a global understanding of public policy factors affecting the cultural differences in environmental management in eastern Europe and Great Britain. During the 1990’s she provided communications strategies to managers of a major water utility in England; where she also concentrated a significant study period at the Tavistock Institute in the U.K. on the impacts societal pressures and public policy influences on productivity and decision-making in technical institutions. Additionally, she served as an advisor to the Center for Public Health in the Czech Republic where she assisted that agency in researching and producing a strategic action plan to educate residents of Belize, an outlying area of Prague, about the public health impacts of indoor and outdoor pollutants.
Dr. Hanifin Bonner is a member of numerous professional organizations, including: the Water Environment Federation (WEF), of which she served as a director-at-large and past chair of the Public Education Committee (six-year term); the American Water Works Association (AWWA); the American Society of Association Executives. She is currently a member of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. A frequent speaker on education and water quality issues, she is the author of numerous publications on communications issues and strategies.
Dr. Hanifin-Bonner has a Ph.D in Organization Management and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Fielding Graduate University and a B.S, in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University. Previous career positions included Montgomery County (MD) Dept. of Environmental Planning, president/owner of Hanifin Associates and Hanifin Management Services; Association Executive Director for the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association and the Excellence for Stewardship (in the biotechnology industry).
As an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, she currently leads their Environmental Stewardship Program, chairs the Congregation Life Committee, and is a member of the Justice and Peace Committee. She also serves on the Chesapeake Interfaith Environmental Group, the Interfaith Partners of the Chesapeake and is a member of the Baltimore Presbytery Earth Care Committee.