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Water is the single most important substance on the planet. But for too long water has been overlooked because it is underground – out of sight and out of mind.
Water needs a champion.
The heroes who work on water every day – to protect, clean, and deliver water to people at home and work; to clean and take wastewater away; and to design and manufacture the things that protect communities from floods and storms – deserve our support.
These heroes are why we created Signal Water. They are why we are a proud sponsor of Water Week, and why we support the US Water Alliance’s Guiding Principles to Secure Our Water Future.
Signal Water is the first practice of its kind: the only fully integrated public affairs practice dedicated to the water sector.
We know that investing in our nation’s water infrastructure is an investment in our future—our people, health, and livelihoods—something the nation desperately needs. This practice’s exceptional team provides the holistic approach to public affairs necessary to turn the tide on the issues that matter most in the water space.
What We Do:
Signal Water influences the complex political landscape by providing a comprehensive approach to public affairs. Our bipartisan team has decades of experience in water policy, including specialists in government affairs, coalition and relationship building, equity and inclusion, communications, digital strategy, and strategic advisory services.
Signal Water advocates for increased attention to our nation’s drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and source water protection. We recognize that now is the time to move forward with a smart, holistic approach to solving our nation’s water challenges.
Contact us to learn more by emailing Signalwater@signaldc.com.
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Mae Stevens – Executive Vice President
Mae Stevens is an Executive Vice President at Signal Group and Chair of Signal Water. She provides strategic environmental and infrastructure policy expertise to a diverse range of corporate, municipal, and nonprofit clients. Most recently, she served as Environmental Policy Advisor to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), winner of the 2020 US Water Prize. She handled the Senator’s responsibilities as the top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, including staffing the Senator during the crafting and passage of the FAST Act and the 2016 and 2018 Water Resources Development Act bills. During her seven year tenure on Capitol Hill, Mae was responsible for the Senate Democrats’ response to the Flint water crisis, and focused most of her time on the intersection of water, equity and affordability, and generally how to make cities and towns even better for the people who live and work there. She also spent nine years working with various nonprofit environmental organizations and think tanks. A sought after public speaker, she has presented at the Democratic National Convention and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Politico, Wonkblog, and Wired, and she was a featured guest on Fox Business News. Mae holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s from The George Washington University.
Patrice Willoughby – Managing Director
Patrice Willoughby is a Managing Director and the Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. At Signal, Patrice provides comprehensive advice to link legislation with strategic engagement. Patrice is a former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus where she enhanced caucus partnerships with renewable energy advocates, environmental justice organizations, and proponents of the green economy. Patrice later served in the Obama Administration at the General Services Administration, supporting the Administration’s focus on sustainability, Green Buildings, and electric vehicles. Patrice holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she spent off hours biking and sailing a skiff on Lake Mendota.
Rob Bole – Managing Director
Robert Bole is a Managing Director and leads the Digital Practice Group. Rob provides leadership across Signal on digital strategy, campaigns, audience development, product development, analytics and data analysis (including data-driven decision-making.) Rob has worked in journalism, media and marketing for many years and has held senior leadership roles at The New York Times, The Atlantic, and CityLab. He has also undertaken public service through executive roles in overseeing global strategy for the U.S. Agency for Global Media, as well as leadership roles in city government. Rob has consulted with staff on digital and communication strategy at The National Forest Foundation, Sustainable Northwest, Anacostia Watershed Society and the Potomac Conservancy. One of his best trips was ten days in Glacier National Park backpacking to high alpine lakes to fly fish for trout and grayling.
Blake Androff – Executive Vice President
Blake Androff is an Executive Vice President at Signal and Co-Chair of Signal Outdoors. Blake helps outdoor recreation and conservation clients at the intersection of press, policy and politics as they navigate Washington, D.C.’s unforgiving media climate and ever-changing political landscape. Blake brings together institutional knowledge of the Capitol; superb relationships with reporters, Members and Hill staff; an extensive network of conservation advocates; and smart and strategic positioning to deliver exceptional results for clients. Prior to joining Signal, Blake provided strategic communications guidance for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Secretaries of the Interior Sally Jewell & Ken Salazar during the Obama Administration, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Blake has visited public lands and parks in all 50 states and enjoys outdoor adventures everywhere he travels.
Madeline Wade – Vice President
As a Vice President at Signal and Co-Chair of Signal Outdoors, Madeline works with corporations, nonprofits and trade associations to advocate for issues around sustainability and climate change. She has helped companies and organizations develop and implement sustainability frameworks and strategize how to message these commitments across industry and government stakeholders. She has worked on WIFIA projects, helped clients advocate for green infrastructure projects, and created risk mitigation strategies based on water availability in clients’ footprints. Prior to working at Signal, Madeline worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR). Madeline earned her master’s degree from Duke University in Public Policy and her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.
She is an avid outdoorist and is always looking for the next opportunity to spend time on the water.
Ted Mondloch – Associate
Ted works as an associate on Signal’s Advocacy team to provide service to a broad range of clients in the water infrastructure and environmental spaces. Ted’s proficiency in research and data analytics, stakeholder mapping, and outreach coordination to the Hill and various federal agencies serves as a valuable asset to his clients.
A Northern Virginia native, Ted graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs.
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