The United States Society on Dams (USSD) is dedicated to advancing the role of dam and levee systems and building the community of practice.  As the United States member of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), USSD provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences and is charged with leading the profession of dam and levee engineering.

USSD is led by a Board of Directors representing all sectors of the industry, including consultants, contractors, owners, and academia.  USSD members are encouraged to actively participate in committees which work to address current technical issues for dam and levee engineering.

President's Message

President’s Message Summer 2022

Welcome Catrice!

It’s my great pleasure to be the first to welcome and introduce to you USSD’s new Executive Director, Catrice Jones. USSD has been a virtual organization for several years and Catrice will continue this trend by working from her home office in the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina area. If you find an extra minute or two in your day, she’d love an email from you introducing yourself.

Catrice joins us from North Carolina One Water, where she worked for over 20 years and was its executive director for six and a half years. NC One Water operates as a joint organization that is a Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Member Association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

When she enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergrad, Catrice wasn’t thinking about a career in non-profits and professional association. Her first dream was to be a chemist and worked hard toward her degree in Chemistry. And while she enjoyed her courses and the time she spent in labs, she began to think there might be other careers where the full spectrum of her skills might shine. After switching her degree to Psychology and graduating from UNC, she found her calling in the world of non-profits and professional associations.

Initially Catrice worked with a non-profit that supported people with developmental disabilities and while rewarding, she found that she wanted to make a difference on a broader scale. When NC One Water was first formed it didn’t have any employees, only volunteers, and its first employee was also its first Executive Director who then hired Catrice as its second employee.

At the beginning her job was focused and specialized, but over time she began to grow into performing broader tasks. And when the Executive Director who hired her moved to another organization, the new Executive Director challenged her to grow and explore her skills and reach within the organization even more. She began creating education opportunities, heading special projects, organizing meetings and conferences, establishing budgets and nearly any task the association needed. When the second Executive Director moved on to another position, Catrice, because of her long history and broad understanding of the organization, was the natural choice to become its next Executive Director.

During her more than 20 years at NC One Water, Catrice helped grow the organization to a staff of 6 employees that support over 2,300 members. Now, like many of us who are recognizing the challenges related to upgrading our countries infrastructure, Catrice is tackling this challenge by focusing her considerable talents on helping USSD continue its strong growth and help ensure our nations dams and levees remain safe and serve the citizens who rely upon them.

Catrice is very excited about joining USSD. She sees many opportunities to help continue its growth and share the message of how our dams and levees impact everyone’s lives. Most importantly, she wants to continue to expand and grow the success that we’ve already accomplished.

Catrice and her family are originally from the small town of Bunn, NC. She married her high school sweetheart Ron, and they have three children; two girls and a boy.

Please join me in welcoming Catrice Jones to the USSD family!


Del Shannon, President
USSD Board of Directors