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WQA’s Burbidge honored by Association Forum

Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager on ‘Forty Under 40’ list

LISLE, Ill. (October 7, 2020) – WQA Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager Kathleen Burbidge has been named to the prestigious 2020 “Forty Under 40” list by the Association Forum, an organization of Chicago-area professional associations. The list annually recognizes top association or non-profit professionals for their accomplishments, leadership skills and commitment to the industry.

“This is an incredible honor for Kathleen, and well deserved,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser, who herself was named to the 2016 list. “WQA members and staff already know how creative and forward-thinking Kathleen is and what dynamic member benefits she provides. We are proud that the Association Forum has recognized her leadership in this way.”

Burbidge marks her sixth anniversary with WQA in January; her role is in advocating for public policy that promotes safer and healthier water. She partners with state and regional associations, builds coalitions with concerned citizens and groups, and tracks policies internationally, federally and in all 50 states to keep members engaged with the industry.

She also serves as the staff liaison to WQA’s Women in Industry (WIN) Advisory Council, overseeing development of WIN’s successful mentoring program, and she is heading efforts to expand WQA programming in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Burbidge earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies: International Relations with Honors, Cum Laude from North Central College in Naperville, IL, where she minored in Environmental Studies.


WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).       

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