Iyana Simba, City Programs Director, Illinois Environmental Council 

Iyana Simba currently serves as the City Programs Director at the Illinois Environmental Council where she oversees advocacy, coalition building, aldermanic relationships and organizing related to environmental issues before the City of Chicago. Over the last few years she has served several roles at IEC including Clean Water Policy Director, Clean Water Advocate and Policy Intern.

Outside of my work, she enjoys engaging in local politics and organizing including work on successful state senator campaign in Illinois.Iyana Simba is also a member of the Environmentalists of Color Network and the Chicago Urban League’s young professional Metropolitan Board.



Gustavo R. Gallo-Chacon, WEF Board of Trustees

Gustavo R. Gallo-Chacon is a member of the 2021-22 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Gallo-Chacon is the president and founder of Galher Ambiental, S.A. de C.V. in Monterrey, NL, Mexico providing consulting, engineering and contractor services. He has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from UANL and a master’s in environmental engineering from Civil Engineering institute UANL. He has 46 years of experience in industrial wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment and municipal wastewater treatment.

As Sociedad Mexicana de Aguas, A.C. (Mexico WEF MA) member since 1976, Gallo-Chacon served as the 1993-94 and 2015-2017 president, as a WEF HOD member and as WEF executive committee member 1998-1999 and WEF Health and safety committee member 1997-1998. In 1999 with the help of WEAT and Texas TNRCC he started operators school and voluntary operators certification program. Both programs continue offering courses and voluntary certification now days. He is SMAAC training committee member and trainer since 1999 and was I.P.A. Founder councilor (Nuevo Leon State Environmental Protection Institute) 1989 – 1990.