Dr. Jillian Maxcy-Brown
University of Alabama

Jillian Maxcy-Brown (she/her) is a recent addition to the Alabama Rivers Alliance team, serving as the wastewater research fellow. She has a passion for pursuing solutions to the complex, challenging water and wastewater issues that are impacting our society. She grew up in Texas, but has fallen in love with Alabama and living along the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa.


She earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Alabama with research focused on understanding the scope and impacts of wastewater challenges for communities using onsite and decentralized wastewater management systems. Her work also evaluates the affordability of wastewater services in Alabama for residents with sewer bills and septic tank systems. She uses her experience to play a role in interdisciplinary collaborations to bring affordable, long-term solutions for ongoing water-related challenges. In addition to these passions, Jillian is fond of traveling throughout the state and discovering the uniqueness of each region. She also enjoys crocheting, playing board games, and gardening.