PDE’s New Board Chairperson

February 10th, 2023 News

Nicole Brown Elected Board Chair of Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Organization also welcomes five new board members


Nicole BrownPartnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) welcomes a new head of its board of directors and five new board members.

 As of Jan. 1, Nicole Brown, Client Development Manager for Suburban Consulting Engineers is PDE’s new board chairperson. In this role, Brown will facilitate board and executive committee meetings as well as provide guidance and leadership to PDE’s management to continue the success of the organization. 

In addition to Brown’s election as board chair, PDE also welcomes five new board members: Kate Campbell of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, Kelly Anderson of the Philadelphia Water Department, Matin Katirai of West Chester University, Shawn Rodier of Jacobs, and Jeannie Morris of Vicinity Energy.

 Brown has more than 25 years of experience with all phases of water and wastewater projects, having worked with clients to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of their systems. As an engineer, she utilizes her problem-solving skills along with effective communication to speak to the community on behalf of her clients. She is passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the water industry and focuses on encouraging the next generation of water professionals. A native of Philadelphia, Brown is proud to implement her experience to positively impact the region’s water. At Suburban Consulting, Brown manages regional water and wastewater clients.

 “Throughout my life, I have had an appreciation of water and problem solving, which is why I became a civil engineer,” Brown said. “Being involved in the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has given me opportunities to engage with water in creative and interesting ways that remind me of why I fell in love with water. PDE plays a vital role in sustaining this precious resource in our region and sharing the love of water with all that experience it.”

 Brown is a proud wife, and mother of four children (and three fur babies). She loves to travel, experience new things and is a self-proclaimed foodie. She is a faithful member of her childhood church in West Philadelphia, and takes every opportunity to tell young people how much fun it is to be an engineer.

 “Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is excited to have Nicole as its new board chair,” said PDE Executive Director Kathy Klein. “She has been actively involved with PDE for several years and has demonstrated leadership and her commitment to our organization’s mission. PDE’s staff are excited to be working with Nicole along with all of our board members on behalf of clean waters, healthy habitats, and strong communities for the Delaware River and Bay.”