Alaina leads Current’s work to build collaborations that advance innovative solutions to water challenges. She most recently served as managing director for the economic development firm RW Ventures, where she helped launch and lead the New Growth Innovation Network and developed inclusive growth strategies for cities and metropolitan regions. Prior, she held a research fellowship in urban governance at the Brookings Institution, led urban development strategy for the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and staffed civic collaboratives: The Partnership for New Communities and 2016 Fund for Chicago Neighborhoods. Alaina is a nonresident fellow in the Global Cities program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and has published research and commentary for the Brookings Institution, the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, and CityLab. She holds a B.A. in political science and art history from the University of Rochester, and Masters degrees in Public Policy and Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. Alaina serves on the boards of the CityTech Collaborative, Urban Initiatives, and Margaret’s Village. She is a 2014 fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. @harknessa
Svetlana performs techno-economic analysis of innovative water-related technologies for Current's Demonstration program. With her expertise in water and wastewater treatment and chemical engineering, she rigorously evaluates both the technical and economic viability of new technologies. Svetlana holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Partnership & Development Manager
George serves as Current’s Partnership & Development Manager, where he focuses on creating new opportunities for engagement among Current’s diverse stakeholders, which include innovators, utilities, industry leaders, investors, researchers and NGOs. By growing Current’s community of members and collaborators, he enhances the organization’s reach, and improves its ability to create value and impact. George has been working in marketing and business development for the better part of a decade, and prior to joining Current, he was the Director of Marketing at Urban Rivers, where he led their brand and PR efforts. In 2018, he concluded his MBA in Sustainable Management and Entrepreneurship at DePaul University, and he also has a BA in Anthropology and History from Purdue University.