Rita Schmidt Sudman
Rita retired in 2014 after serving as the Foundation’s executive director for 34 years.
After retiring, she co-wrote a book, Water: More or Less, and continues to tout the Foundation’s mission and projects wherever she goes.
A former radio and television reporter and producer, Rita led a documentary television production team at the Foundation that won four Emmys, several regional Emmy nominations and one Telly award.
She served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Water for the University of California, and has served on numerous boards including Water for People, an international program assisting people in developing countries to obtain safe drinking water.
She has received several special and lifetime achievement awards for her work on water education, but she is proudest of being named a “Super Hero” by the California State Fair for educating Californians on water.
She received a master’s degree in telecommunications from San Diego State University.