Angela Charles Selected as 2022 WEF Fellow

Image of Angela Charles, Charlotte Water Director

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has selected Angela Charles as a member of the class of 2022 WEF Fellows. Angela is one of 14 distinguished members in the 2022 class.

This prestigious designation honors members’ contributions to the water sector as well as their professional achievements and stature. WEF Fellows are recognized in various areas of expertise including design, education, operations, regulation, research, utility management, and leadership.

The WEF Fellows were honored at WEFTEC 2022 during the WEF Awards and Presidential Celebration Ceremony on Tuesday, October 11.

Angela Charles is the Director of Charlotte Water, and has been in the water industry since 1988. 

“Angela is a valuable leader in Charlotte Water. She has been instrumental in affecting change and improving processes for nearly 1 million customers throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County,” said City Manager Marcus D. Jones.   

As director, Angela is responsible for the regional, countywide water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, utilities planning, and the City’s stormwater system, along with management activities. She leads a staff of approximately 1,200 employees, and Charlotte Water maintains more than 9,000 miles of pipelines and over 300,000 water connections countywide. 

Angela holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC Charlotte and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. She was the 2017 chair of the North Carolina American Water Works Association and North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) and is a Grade A water distribution operator. Angela has served on many committees including the WEF Collection Systems Committee and has received many water industry awards, including the WEF Collections Systems Award, the Warren G. Fuller Award, and the prestigious Arthur Sidney Bedell Award. 

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