Press Release

NAWC Taps Jennifer Kocher to Lead Association’s Communications

For immediate release:

PA Communications Vet to Serve as Vice President, Comms & Marketing 

PHILADELPHIA (October 18, 2021) – The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is pleased to welcome Jennifer Kocher as NAWC’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Jennifer comes to NAWC with over 20 years of journalistic and strategic communications experience working with executive-level industry representatives and local, state and federal public officials.

Since 2015, Jennifer has worked for the Pennsylvania Senate, most recently as the Assistant Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Communications Office where she worked as a strategic advisor for the GOP Senate Caucus, overseeing messaging development and communications initiatives for Senate leadership. Prior to her time in the Pennsylvania State Senate, Jennifer served as Press Secretary to the PA Public Utility Commission for 10 years.

“I’ve known Jenn for more than a decade and between her background in media and public relations and extensive work on behalf of regulatory agencies and political bodies, Jenn is the definition of a triple threat for our industry,” said NAWC President and CEO Robert F. Powelson. “She’s able to bring a 360-degree set of experiences to the table and I’m confident Jenn will add enormous value in advancing the association’s strategic plan and advocacy efforts. I am pleased to be working with her again in this new role with NAWC. She will be a great asset to our growing association.”

“Rob has built a formidable team with a wide range of experience and knowledge,” Kocher said. “I am excited to join this group of high energy professionals in supporting member companies in their efforts to ensure safe, reliable, affordable water service for customers throughout the United States. I am eager to return to the world of utilities. My goal is to use my background and understanding to help tell the stories of our members, highlighting the important work they do in their communities and the role they play in achieving water equity.”

Kocher specializes in transforming complex subjects into clear and focused messages at the local, state and national levels, which promises to further NAWC’s efforts to proactively educate broader audiences about the work of America’s water companies and the value regulated water companies bring to the communities they serve.

Kocher will officially start on November 1st and can be reached at (717) 574-6872.

Contact: Rik Hull |

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National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) member companies safeguard public health and promote environmental stewardship as they serve the water and wastewater needs of nearly 73 million Americans every day. NAWC members have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. The 10 largest NAWC member companies collectively invest nearly $3.7 billion annually to ensure their water infrastructure is well maintained and that safe and clean drinking water is available whenever needed. Learn more about NAWC and the companies we proudly represent at or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.