Brown and Caldwell adds new water finance expert


Brown and Caldwell is expanding its funding and finance group as it announced Seema Chavan has joined the firm as vice president and senior director of strategic funding.

With a 20-year background in the water and wastewater industry, Brown and Caldwell said Chavan is uniquely skilled in partnering with public utilities to identify, strategize, and secure federal, state and local low-interest loan and grant opportunities.

Chavan has helped obtain $800 million in funding from the EPA, Bureau of Reclamation, FEMA, USDA, Clean Water/Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and various state programs for numerous multimillion-dollar capital improvement programs. Her expertise includes the development of grant strategies, directing applications, coordinating with funding agency staff, supporting advocacy, managing program compliance requirements and assisting agencies with reporting and disbursement requests.

“I am thrilled to welcome Seema to Brown and Caldwell,” said Chief Growth Officer Geoff Grant. “Her expertise will play a key role in helping water and wastewater agencies understand and position for outside project funding while reducing the financial burden on their customers.”

In her new role, Chavan will lead Brown and Caldwell’s funding and finance group, leveraging her experience as a professional engineer and deep knowledge of complex environmental projects to help clients secure financial aid for public water infrastructure projects. She will review projects to identify funding mechanisms, advise on project scoping to maximize funding opportunities and work directly with clients to select and apply for economic assistance. In addition, she will provide counsel on how federal, state and local funding could increase clients’ financial capabilities.

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