David L. Gadis

by Justin Cates
David L. Gadis
Chief Executive Officer
DC Water

David Gadis serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water.

In this role, Gadis oversees a $1 billion dollar annual budget, a workforce of approximately 1,200 employees, and the largest Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in the world that provides services for nearly 700,000 District residents.

Gadis has led several transformative initiatives related to environmental justice and water equity. Many of these programs, such as the $2.7 billion Clean Rivers Project, and the Lead Free DC initiative, which will eliminate all lead service lines within the District by 2030, are now a part of the national conversation around water equity.

Under Gadis’ vision, DC Water has emerged as a model for utility resilience and sustainability. In 2019, DC Water became the first utility nationwide to receive the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) designation. In 2021, the Authority was the first utility nationwide to launch an Environmental Social Governance (ESG) report.

In 2022, Gadis was selected to serve on President Biden’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He was inducted to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Gadis graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU), with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications.

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