Debra Coy


Debra Coy provides strategic advisory services for water sector investors, companies, and municipal utilities.  She launched her independent consulting business in 2010 after 20 years as an equities research analyst covering the water and environmental industries for Wall Street firms.  She also acts as an advisor to XPV Capital, the largest water-only venture capital fund in North America, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Headworks International Inc., a wastewater treatment technology firm.

Based in the Washington D.C. area, Ms. Coy has created a unique franchise and expertise in covering the global water sector for investors.  She was named a Financial Times/Starmine “Best Brokerage Analyst” in 2008 and 2009 and a Forbes “Best Brokerage Analyst” in 2010 for water utilities coverage.  She was responsible for running the leading water conference on Wall Street for more than a decade and helped launch and co-organize Global Water Intelligence’s American Water Summit in 2010-2013.  

She is a frequent speaker at industry events, has appeared on CNBC and other investment broadcasts, and been often quoted in financial and industry publications on water sector stocks and industry issues.  She is a regular columnist on water financial and policy matters for Global Water Intelligence.  She has testified on Capitol Hill on water infrastructure financing, and previously served as co-chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Global Water Strategies Council.  Ms. Coy also has also participated in national dialogues on water policy hosted by the Aspen Institute and the Clean Water America Alliance.  

Ms. Coy previously worked as Managing Director leading coverage of the water sector for Janney Montgomery Scott’s Capital Markets group.  She also worked as an equity research analyst with the Stanford Washington Research Group, Schwab Capital Markets, HSBC Securities, and National Westminster Bank.  Ms. Coy received an M.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.