As Director of Houston Water, Ms. Forrest is responsible for the operation and maintenance of City of Houston’s regional water and wastewater utility systems. She leads a staff of over 1500 with an annual capital and operations and maintenance budget of over $657 million.
Prior to her career in public service, Ms. Forrest spent 15 years, as an Engineer, in the private sector developing processes to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, permits and corporate standards. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of South Carolina.
Ms. Forrest also serves on the Board of Directors for Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), US Water Alliance and Water Research Foundation