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President & CEO

Clean Water Action Board of Directors

Washington, DC

Bob Wendelgass has been President and CEO of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund since November of 2010.  Prior to that, he spent five years as National Deputy Director for Clean Water Action, working with its state offices on planning and implementation of campaigns, elections and fundraising.  He also served 15 years as Pennsylvania State Director for Clean Water Action, guiding our work on water, pesticides and toxics issues in the state and helping organize and lead a statewide watershed coalition.  He has been a member of Pennsylvania’s Water Resources Advisory Committee and the Small Systems Workgroup of the US EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Committee.    

Wendelgass has been an activist for over 35 years, starting work while a college student during the Watergate era for the Committee to Impeach the President.  He directed a neighborhood based community group in a low and moderate income community in Rochester, New York for five years.  He also spent 11 years directing the Action Alliance of Senior Citizens, a Philadelphia based advocacy organization that mobilized a network of 300 senior citizen organizations to lobby for change on issues related to health care, transportation, income security and utilities.  He is an avid bicyclist, enjoys the outdoors and has recently become a sculling enthusiast.