Young Leaders

The next generation of water heroes

Young Leaders serve a vital role in shaping the future of our organization and how we respond to the challenges and issues that affect the Basin. We know the future of the Basin requires an emerging generation of water stewards who have leadership experience, a vibrant professional network, and the opportunities to learn from and collaborate with legacy leaders and active members.


Emerging and established professionals build powerful connections with like-minded water stewards, whether they are working in the public or private sector. Young Leaders know the power of collaboration and these events offer the opportunity to bake that spirit of connectivity into their career trajectory. These networking events are warm and welcoming social events where promising young leaders can exchange views about the direction of water stewardship in the region, educate one another about key learnings in their field, and forge sustaining connections that they can take with them as their careers progress and develop.

To engage with Young Leaders or discover when these in-person events will resume, please check our calendar or follow us on social media.

Suzanne Ciavola Newman, P.E. | Young Leaders Co-Chair

Suzanne Ciavola, P.E., has been a WRA Board member since 2017 and is a Co-Chair of WRA’s Young Leaders Committee. She is a senior project manager at Mott MacDonald, working as designer and manager on green and traditional stormwater projects in the Philadelphia region. She is licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts and is also a LEED Green Associate as well as an Envision Sustainability Professional.

Caitlin Cavanagh | Young Leaders Co-Chair

Caitlin Cavanagh Co-Chairs WRA’s Young Leaders, She is a project engineer with experience in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) design and site civil design/inspection for a variety of energy, environment, transportation, and facilities projects throughout the mid-Atlantic. She has engaged in large and small-scale projects requiring stormwater modeling, site grading, and erosion control designs for both public and private clients. She is a highly-motivated and success-driven member of any team.

Ms. Cavanagh has a passion for Sustainability as well as Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work. She has held positions within AECOM as a local ED&I Champion in Philadelphia as well as Vice President of the Women’s Employee Resource Group in the Americas. She works both inside and outside of AECOM to uplift women’s voices and promote intersectionality.