Director of Community Solutions
Heather Lukacs rejoined Community Water Center in July 2018, after previously serving as CWC’s Project Director in 2015 and early 2016. Previously, Heather led CWC’s interim solution projects to address drinking water challenges in the San Joaquin Valley including the Agua4All campaign, a partnership to bring safe and affordable drinking water to schools, parks, and community buildings in South Kern County, as well as the development and implementation of a community-based private well testing program.
In 2016 and 2017, Heather worked as the Central Coast Program Director and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water. In this capacity, she led numerous projects including the completion of the Salinas Valley Disadvantaged Community Water and Wastewater Plan. Heather’s diverse background includes research projects on community-based natural resource management, arsenic transport in sediments and water, and point-of-use water treatment.
In 2014, Heather received a PhD from Stanford University for her dissertation on community-based watershed restoration in Appalachia. Prior, Heather worked as a lecturer in MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she also received undergraduate and masters degrees.