The CASA LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advancement, and Development)
program is dedicated to building a bright future for our sector by taking members to the next level in their profession.

With a heavy focus on developing targeted programming to help cultivate new skills among the emerging leaders within the CASA membership, we are proud to announce CASA’s newest program: CASA LEAD. CASA LEAD will continue to be developed and refined in the months and years to come and will ensure that we continue to do our part in cultivating the next generation of clean water professionals. This year we have developed a specialized LISTERV to keep members informed of webinars, workshops, trainings, events, and general opportunities for professional development. This Listserv will be populated bimonthly with upcoming engagement opportunities in all facets of the clean water industry including biosolids, communications, finance, human resources, regulatory, and more! We are also initiating our first ever facilitated mentoring program for members (read more about it below!), actively getting more emerging leaders involved with our conferences and events, and finding ways to get them involved in CASA’s various programs.

Do you know a shining star in your agency that might benefit from continued growth and opportunities? Be sure to share this resource with them!

To get signed up for the newest CASA Listserv please email Cheryl MacKelvie with your name, preferred email, and affiliated agency or association.

The CASA Mentoring Program
A CASA Member Exclusive Benefit


CASA Mentoring Program Flyer


CASA is pleased to offer the CASA Mentoring Program, a member exclusive benefit under our broader CASA LEAD strategic initiative. This 11-month comprehensive program kicking off in October and concluding in August 2024 serves to connect clean water professionals from across the state of California.

  • By offering this program, CASA is making an investment in:
    • You – your professional growth and development
    • Your organization
    • The future of our industry
    • The future of our association

There are limited spots available, and a methodical selection process will be used to ensure diverse representation. Working with Core Consulting, which has a depth of experience developing mentoring and training programs working with public agencies, CASA will match 12 mentor/mentee pairs based on professional goals, preferences, and experience.

Resources, check-ins and structure are provided to set your mentoring relationship up for success.

  • Program outcomes for mentees:
    • Greater self-awareness and relationship-building skills
    • New insights that stretch you professionally and expand your perspectives
    • Clarity of professional development goals and career path options
    • Greater “big picture” understanding of the clean water industry
    • Increased confidence in leading conversations with senior-level executives
  • Program outcomes for mentors:
    • Greater self-awareness and relationship-building skills
    • New insights that stretch you professionally and expand your perspectives
    • Strengthened coaching and feedback skills
    • Having been a key part of transferring experience and knowledge to the next generation to ensure talent engagement and sustainability for this critical industry
  • Commitment and expectations:
    • Participants can expect a total time commitment of approximately 20-25 hours over the course of 11 months.
    • Total program time frame: October 2023 through August 2024
    • Two mandatory virtual requirements:
      • Kick-off/networking event (October)
      • Program orientation (October)
    • Two optional in-person events
      • Networking meet-up at CASA Winter Conference (January)
      • Wrap-up and networking session at CASA Annual Conference (August)
    • Nine, one-on-one meetings, monthly, Nov 2023 thru July 2024 (can be virtual or in-person)
    • Provide program feedback at three milestone check points:
      • Late January 2024: Via survey
      • Early March: Via 45-minute virtual Zoom session w/full group (one session for mentees; one session for mentors)
      • Late July: Via survey


Apply Today!
Mentor Application
Mentee Application 

Please contact Alyssa Downs with any questions.