Introducing Ashley Janke, our new Communications Coordinator

janke_headshotIntroducing Ashley Janke: The Water Council’s new Communication Coordinator

As the hustle of 2014 comes to a close, the journey is just beginning for Ashley Janke, The Water Council’s new Communications Coordinator. Ashley joined our team the first week of December and will be coordinating our external communications. This includes content and creative management, and The Water Council’s online presence through our website and social media outlets.

What drew you to The Water Council?

“One year ago, I was introduced to The Water Council while working with a BREW Batch I company, Rice Technology. I also began accepting freelance design jobs from various water technology businesses and soon became enthralled by the building buzz within the Global Water Center. The excitement shared between the researchers, engineers, and business professionals, while fed by the smart programming of The Water Council, is akin to nothing I have seen in the several years I’ve lived in Milwaukee. The Water Council leads a niche that serves local, national, and global needs.”

“A mentor once told me they believe all people are presented with a great opportunity at least once in their lifetime. Success is recognizing that opportunity when it’s presented, along with the ability to seize it. I saw this position with The Water Council and felt it was my chance to be part of something great!”

What are you most looking forward to working on at The Water Council?

“The Water Council has accomplished amazing feats this past year, including the SBA award and the introduction of the BREW Batch II. However, it is still a relatively young organization, and there is so much growth and change happening right now. Member services are growing, platforms are evolving, and conferences are being added. The count-down is now; the “shuttle” is taking off and it’s exciting to be at the launch pad.”

What would you like to accomplish in your new role?

“My primary background is in conceptual art, design, and education. I am interested in integrating my background and expertise into our marketing, and therefore expanding and defining the visual branding of The Water Council. I hope the distinction of this aesthetic will provide a structure of further engagement opportunities with our members and the global blue tech industry.”

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About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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