David L. Gadis

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

David Gadis is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and General Manager of DC Water.

In this role, Gadis oversees all Authority business, including a $1 billion annual budget, a workforce of 1,100 employees and the largest Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in the world.

Under his leadership, DC Water has emerged as a leader within the water sector on environmental justice and water equity programs, such as the Lead Free DC program, which is eliminating all lead service lines within the District by 2030.

Gadis has also sought to extend economic equity to the community through improved access to contract opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses, an apprenticeship program that provides classroom and on-the-job training, and the establishment of the Authority’s first-ever Business Diversity Advisory Council.

Prior to his service at DC Water, Gadis also served as CEO and President of Veolia Water Indianapolis.

Gadis was its first African American CEO/President and the first African American CEO to lead a major utility in Indianapolis. In that position, he managed the operations of the city’s water utility that employed more than 600 employees and served more than 1 million customers and 360,000 rate payers.

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