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WASH Consultant
CEAE

Dr. Klees, an environmental engineer and a retiree from the World Bank (2008), has over twenty experiences in international development focusing on water supply and sanitation (WASH), water resource management, and environmental health. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado.   Her international engineering work is enhanced by a previous career in community development (M.A. Social Work – The University of Chicago).  Prior to joining the World Bank, she served as Technical Advisor to USAID’s WASH Project and as Director of Technology for CH2MHill Engineering’s Environmental Policy and Technology Project – a USAID funded development project.  Currently, Dr. Klees is a Senior Research Associate and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado where she teaches courses in WASH.  She is also a Faculty Affiliate in Environmental Studies and a Lecturer in the Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable and Sustainable Development Resident Academic Program. Dr. Klees maintains a consulting practice with assignments in the WASH sectors for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID, and the US State Department.