Featured Speakers

Grant Davis  Director, California Department of Water Resource.
Opening Keynote Speaker on Thursday, March 22.

Prior to his appointment as Director of the California Department of Water Resources, Davis had been the General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) since 2009, where he also served as the Assistant General Manager from 2007 to 2009. Davis was responsible for SCWA’s core functions of maintaining nearly 100 miles of streams and detention basins for flood protection, restoring habitat for three federally listed fish species in the Russian River, delivering drinking water to more than 600,000 residents of Sonoma and Marin counties, and providing wastewater management for 60,000 customers. In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was also responsible for the operation of Lake Mendocino and Coyote Valley Dam and Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam. Davis was instrumental in implementing a renewable energy portfolio that has resulted in a carbon free water supply and distribution system.
John Fleck  Author of "Water is for Fighting Over and other Myths about Water in the West" and Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program. Lunch Speaker on Thursday, March 22.

Mr. Fleck is also Professor of Practice in water policy and governance in the University of New Mexico’s Department of Economics and has been the Water Resources Program’s writer-in-residence since January 2015.
Betty Yee  California State Controller. Opening Plenary Speaker on Friday, March 23.

Ms. Yee was elected as the State Controller in November 2014, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization. Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion. Ms. Yee also serves on the Ceres Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize many of the world’s largest investors to advance global sustainability and take stronger action on climate change.



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