Carla A. Reid

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Energizer. Strategizer. Optimizer. Leader. However you describe her, Carla Reid is an accomplished executive with a background in civil engineering and human resource management. Carla earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her master’s degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Carla has worked in both the private and the public sectors, but mostly in the public sector. She’s worked at Girl Scouts of America, Hazel’s Excalibur, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the Environmental Protection Agency, the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, the Governments of DC, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, as well as WSSC Water.

Her longest time serving at an organization was 28 years and that was at WSSC Water. WSSC Water is the largest water utility in Maryland and the 7th largest in the United States. When WSSC Water was nearly 99 years old, Carla became the 12th general manager/CEO of the utility. Carla’s biggest career accomplishment was being the first woman to serve as WSSC Water’s General Manager and CEO.

Carla’s leadership style has always been people-centered and results focused. Innovating programs that help others develop and be “all that they can be” has always been what Carla loves to do most.

Carla has received numerous awards like Maryland’s Top 100 Women and two awards have been established in her name, in recognition of her achievements in teaching and community outreach. She generously supports organizations that are focused on uplifting and advancing the lives of young people such as Community Bridges, Arts on the Block, F.A.M.E., Elizabeth Seton High School, and St. Jude’s Hospital.

Carla is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and several organizations such as Leadership MD, Leadership Greater Washington, Leadership Montgomery, and the International Women’s Forum.

Carla is highly energetic, enthusiastic and committed to sharing her time and talent with others. She attributes this to her family upbringing and training in the DC public school system, most notably HD Woodson High School. She loves having fun with her family and friends – even more so now that she’s retired and ready to create new adventures.