Sam Wade

CEO, National Rural Water Association

Since 2013, Sam Wade has served as the chief executive officer of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) and continues the organization’s mission to strengthen rural water state associations.

Mr. Wade began his career in Rural Water in 1972 as a water and wastewater systems operator and city manager in Minnesota before becoming the manager of the Minnesota Rural Water Association in 1982.

In 1985, Mr. Wade joined NRWA as the director of training. Two years later, he was promoted to deputy chief executive officer and chief operating officer and since then – for more than 30 years – Mr. Wade has helped provide the leadership needed for the NRWA to train, support and promote the water and wastewater professionals who serve rural America.