WaterNow Alliance is a forum for local water leaders who want to champion sustainable, affordable and climate resilient water strategies.
WaterNow is a catalyst for change, and an architect for solutions. We identify and overcome barriers and provide tools and resources for our members to build local support for policies and programs that advance sustainable water management. We provide a forum for collaborative action, and a network for local leaders to learn from each other. We help communities make tangible progress on the ground to bring sustainable water management approaches to scale.
Our Focus: Unlocking the Power of Water Leaders
Local decision makers hold the keys to our water future. In fact, 85% or more of water infrastructure spending occurs at the community level, and 87% of people nationwide are served by public water utilities. While Federal and State agencies have a vital role – the policies, strategies and priorities established by local leaders have the power to fundamentally shift how we think about and use water.
WaterNow Alliance catalyzes action by:
- ENGAGING our network of decision-makers and connecting them to ideas, resources and one another.
- CHAMPIONING a sustainable water future by eliminating barriers and advancing solutions through our policy work.
- DEMONSTRATING success by showcasing strategies that work and that communities can replicate and scale.
- DELIVERING value for our members with an effective, well-run organization that leverages a diverse portfolio of funding.
of water infrastructure spending occurs at the community level
SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE
WaterNow Alliance definitions
Providing safe, healthy, and affordable water services for people while preserving the integrity of water resources and the environment for future generations
The ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions.
One Water exp.
Treating all water in communities – drinking water, stormwater, wastewater – as part of a unified and integrated system.
WHAT ARE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS?
strategies for a more resilient water future
Adam Davis | Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP)
Alan Viterbi | President/CEO, Liquid Environmental Solutions
Alan is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Environmental Solutions, a comprehensive provider of non-hazardous liquid and organic waste collection, transportation, treatment and recycling services. Alan was the Mayor of West Hollywood, California, and a member of the City Council from 1984 to 1988. He has also served on various public agency boards, including as Chairman of Los Angeles County Sanitation District 4.
Brad Udall | Professor, Colorado State University Colorado Water Institute
Brad’s expertise includes hydrology and related policy issues of the American West. He has researched water problems on all major Southwestern US rivers including the Rio Grande, Colorado, Sacramento-San Joaquin and Klamath, and has spent 6 months in Australia studying their recent water reforms. He has provided congressional testimony, input to several National Academy of Science panels, and has given hundreds of talks on climate change impacts. Brad was formerly the Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Colorado Law School, Director of the CU-NOAA Western Water Assessment and a consulting engineer and principal with Hydrosphere Resource Consultants.
Chris Frahm | Shareholder, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, LLP
Chris is a preeminent California water attorney representing municipalities, utilities, private corporations, and associations on water supply and infrastructure development projects. She served as the Chair of the San Diego County Water Authority Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She serves on the Board of the California Foundation on the Economy and the Environment.
Clifford Gerber | Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
Sidley Austin is one of the largest law firms in the world with 1,700 attorneys in 19 offices around the globe. Clifford is a nationally recognized expert in tax-exempt financing and oversees Sidley’s Tax Practice with respect to state and local bond financings on the West Coast. He has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America in Public Finance and Municipal Law. Clifford is President-Elect of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.
Dave Richins | President/CEO, United Food Bank
Richins has worked in nonprofit, government and corporate roles. Most recently, he served as a Mesa City Councilmember for District 1, completing two terms. He also worked for Resolution Copper, working with the Government and Community Affairs team performing outreach and education to Congress, the Arizona Legislature and local government. In that capacity, he also worked with local nonprofit organizations to help build their capacity to better serve the community. Richins helped start the West Mesa Community Development Corporation and served as its first Executive Director. He also helped launch the Sun Corridor Legacy Program at the Sonoran Institute, a think tank on western policy issues. Richins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Community Development with a minor in Leadership from Prescott College.
David Aladjem | Partner, Downey Brand LLP
David regularly serves as counsel for agricultural and urban water users in complex multiparty water negotiations throughout California. David has served as Chair of the American Bar Association's Water Resources Committee, and Chair of the American Bar Association's Annual Water Law Conference. He is a recipient of ACWA’s 2009 Excellence in Water Leadership Award.
David Sunding | Professor, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
David is a national expert in resource economics, regulation, technological change, applied econometrics, risk and public finance. He is a co-director of UC Berkeley’s Water Center, and served as a senior economist on President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has served on National Research Council panels, and testifies on environmental and resource issues, damages, valuation, cost allocation and resource planning.
George Hawkins | Founder and President, Moonshot LLC
George S. Hawkins just retired as General Manager of the DC Water and Sewer Authority. He now runs Moonshot, is also a lawyer, college professor and environmentalist. He has worked in the environmental industry, as a corporate lawyer and as a regulator.
Jad Daley | President and CEO, American Forests
Jad coordinates TPL’s development of climate-smart cities through green infrastructure and strategic “resilient landscape” conservation targeted to climate change mitigation and adaptation. He also leads the organization’s development of forest carbon projects for voluntary and compliance carbon markets, and serves on the public-private national council to guide the work of the federal Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
James H. Gibbs | Principal, Sperry Capital
James has over 35 years of experience in public finance and investment banking, and currently leads Sperry’s renewable energy projects initiative. He was previously the California Regional Manager of Public Finance for Lehman Brothers, specializing in transactions for water and sewer utilities, general government and public power agencies.
Jill Kauffman Johnson | Head of Global Development, Corbion
Jill is responsibility for global marketing, sustainability, regulatory affairs, and government relations for Corbion's algae ingredients business. She was previously a Principal and Managing Director with California Environmental Associates, a leading environmental consulting firm, where she founded the Sustainable Business Practice to help clients green supply chains, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. Prior to joining CEA, Jill was the Director of the Pacific Coast Office of the Ocean Conservancy.
Johanna Wald | Senior Counselor, Natural Resources Defense Council (ret.)
Johanna is an icon in the environmental community and one of the nation's leading advocates for sustainable management of public lands. Most recently, she led NRDC's effort to facilitate appropriate development of renewable energy project sites in the West. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Johanna also serves as a member of San Francisco's Commission on the Environment.
Jonathan Parfey | Executive Director, Climate Resolve
Before founding Climate Resolve, Jonathan Parfrey served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (2008-2013). Jonathan is also the immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event, as well as the founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. He served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition (2007-2011), and as the Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility (1994 to 2007). Prior to that, Jonathan founded and directed the Orange County Catholic Worker (1987-1993). He was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team in 2003.
Kevin Powell | Director, Emerging Building Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Kevin has worked on sustainable building issues for GSA since 2005 and was previously the Executive Director for the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. An architect by training, Kevin manages a portfolio of over twenty green proving ground projects, focusing on innovative building technologies, tools, and practices.
Phyllis Faber | Biologist and Educator
Phyllis is one of the nation's preeminent wetland field biologists for more than four decades. She was a co-editor of the University of California Press's California Natural History Guides, and a Fellow of the California Native Plant Society where she edited the Society's journal, Fremontia, for many years. Phyllis served as one of the first California Coastal Commissioners and a founder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) which has protected over 40% of the County's farmland through conservation easements.
Randall Sosnick | President/CEO, NEXT Lighting Corp.
Randall is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Lighting Corp., a manufacturer of energy-efficient solid-state lighting products. He was formerly President of Silver Fox Development Corp., an international sustainable real-estate development company. Randall was also a co-founder of Amplitude Software Corp. and Digital Foundry Inc. and Director of European Legal and Business Affairs at NEXT Computer, Inc. Randall received degrees in law and business from UC Berkeley.
Richard Sykes | Director of Natural Resources , EBMUD (ret.)
Robert Wilkinson | Adjunct Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara
Robert’s research and teaching is focused on water and energy policy, climate change, and issues of environmental policy. He serves on the public advisory committee for the California Water Plan, has represented the University of California on the Governor's Task Force on Desalination. He has advised the California Energy Commission and U.S. EPA on climate research, and has served as coordinator for the climate impacts assessment of the California Region for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Tim Worley | Executive Director, California-Nevada Section, AWWA
Wes Henderson | Executive Director, Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities
WaterNow was founded in 2014 by Cynthia Koehler, Audrey Finci and Kathleen Moazed. As an elected board member of her local water district and longtime water policy expert in California, Cynthia identified the need for an organization that connected local leaders interested in sustainable water solutions and provided support to accelerate their adoption. Pooling their collective backgrounds in policy, business, law and government, Audrey, Kathleen and Cynthia envisioned a dynamic new model to catalyze change and implement sustainable water solutions at the community level.
WaterNow Alliance was formed with the support of our partners including the National League of Cities and Walton Family Foundation.
WaterNow is a project of the Multiplier, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which helps us protect and foster a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. Because we save tens of thousands of dollars per year by working with the Multiplier, we can focus more of our time, energy and resources on programming, making your donations stretch farther and work harder. All contributions are tax deductible.