Henry (Hank) Habicht

Emeritus Board Member

Principal, Global Water 2020

Henry (Hank) Habicht

Hank joined Global Water 2020 in 2017 having served as a leader in many areas of environmental business and policy. His career in the environmental policy world has included leadership positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as COO (Deputy Administrator) from 1989-1993. During his time with the EPA he oversaw the development of innovative air and water programs to prevent pollution, including the Energy Star program and the implementation of market-based trading programs under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. He has also served at the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division from 1983-87.

In business and investing, Hank has served as Managing Partner of SAIL Capital Partners and Senior Vice President in charge of acquisitions and other divisions of Safety-Kleen, a billion-dollar environmental service company. He has also served as Vice President of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, which co-managed the Environmental Venture Fund, one of the first successful green funds in the 1980s. As Co-Founder of Capital E, LLC, a strategic consultancy, he advised Fortune 100 and early stage ventures on sustainable growth strategies. He also previously served as CEO of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF).

Hank has held numerous Board seats over the years. Currently he serves as Managing Director of the US Water Partnership, Chairman of the Board of WaterHealth International, and serves on the Board of the Global Water Challenge. He served as Commissioner of the National Commission on Energy Policy and as a Co-Founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy, has advised several Cabinet Secretaries and serves on the Advisory Boards to the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Pacific Northwest National Lab. In 1991 the EPA awarded him with the Total Quality Leadership Award and in 2009 he received the national Richard Mellon Award for Environmental Stewardship. Hank holds a Bachelor’s degree with High Honors from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.