Kleinschmidt Associates has announced the election of Russ Sanford, Chief Growth Officer, to the Board of Directors of the Hydropower Foundation (HF) for the year 2024. The Foundation actively engages and serves the clean energy industry by supporting work in education, research, and workforce development.

“The Hydropower Foundation is a great organization focused on a critical need for the industry – workforce development. I’m excited to help support the organization as they actively reach the next generation of waterpower professionals through their various programs that include the Waterpower Club – Waterpower Community Partnership, Hiring for HydroTM, and the Hydro Think TankTM competitions,” remarked Sanford.

Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director of the Hydro Foundation, added:  "We are so happy to have Russ join our Board of Directors. His leadership skills and creative thinking are exactly what the Foundation needs as we enter a new era of engagement with students and the industry. We look forward to working with him."

Sanford is an active National Hydropower Association (NHA) member, served on the Exhibitor Advisory Committee for their Clean Currents conference, and previously served on the Committee for Education Outreach for the Association of Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). Additionally, he is recognized as a fellow in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). His academic credentials include a B.S. in Civil Engineering, complemented by a distinguished career in executive management serving professional service firms in engineering, construction, and architecture.