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Kathy L. Pape
Senior Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Division and President, Pennsylvania American Water

Kathy L. Pape joined American Water in July 2007 as president of Pennsylvania American Water, the largest regulated water utility in the Commonwealth, providing quality water and wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people in 390 communities. In this role, Pape drives operational and financial results, leads customer, regulatory and local government relationships, and is the principal external contact for American Water in Pennsylvania. Additionally, she serves as senior vice president of the Mid-Atlantic division, leading the presidents of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

In April 2008, Governor Rendell appointed Pape to the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force. Pape was among 30 task force members from across the Commonwealth whom the Governor selected to address the funding shortfall facing Pennsylvania’s aging and deteriorated water infrastructure.

Prior to rejoining American Water, Pape served as senior vice president, treasurer and rate counsel for Aqua America Inc., with responsibility for all financing activities, billing, rates and regulatory filings, budgeting and long-range planning. As vice president, treasurer and rate counsel, Pape led the company's effort to manage numerous, successful rate cases resulting from the company’s growth from a one-state system to 13 states with hundreds of systems. She also reduced the company's long-term debt costs, saving money for the company and customers.

From 1994 to 1999, Pape was employed by American Water as regional counsel and manager of finance, where her responsibilities included rates and regulatory affairs, finance, budgeting and customer service for 10 states.

Pape has also worked as vice president and corporate counsel for General Waterworks Management and Service Company, as an assistant counsel to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and as an assistant consumer advocate for the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate.

Pape has more than 30 years’ experience in the utility industry and is a nationally recognized expert on the water and wastewater industries.

Active in her community, Pape dedicated 15 years of service to Whitpain Township as a member and chair of its Planning Commission and as a member of its Zoning Hearing Board. She also served on the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Board of Trustees of Gwynedd Mercy Academy. She is past chair of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies and serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Business Council, in addition to serving on the boards of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Earth Conservancy. Pape also served for several years on the Faculty of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In 2010, she was named to Central Penn Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” list, and was selected as one of the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Top 25 Women in Business in 2011.

Pape holds a B.A. from Edinboro University, a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law and a LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.

Pennsylvania American Water is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Water. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

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