Fostering Resilience: Leading on Sustainable Solutions

October 25 - 26, 2017 PST

Orange County Water District

Fountain Valley, CA

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Find wrap up materials and presentations here.


Tuesday, October 25
​10:00 – 11:30am Registration

Orange County Water District Headquarters

18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

First shuttle will depart hotel at 9:50am and bring attendees to meeting continuously as needed until 11:15am. Last shuttle to depart hotel at 11:15am. Meet in hotel lobby.

​11:30am Lunch and Welcome

Catalyzing Connections World Café

Nicole Anne Boyer, Facilitator

One Water: Fostering Resilience in Communities

Paul Cunningham, Councilmember, City of Tucson

Martha Davis, Senior Advisor, Inland Empire Utilities Agency

2:35pm ​Break

All Infrastructure is Water Infrastructure

Mark Norton, Planning Director, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works, Lancaster PA

Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

Moderator: Walt Wadlow, Director of Utility Relations, WaterNow Alliance

Experiencing Water Innovation: Walking Tour

OCWD Groundwater Replenishment System

John Kennedy, Executive Director of Engineering and Water Resources, Orange County Water District

​5:30pm Wrap-up

Shuttle will depart meeting at 5:20pm and return guests to hotel as needed. Last shuttle will depart meeting at 5:30pm.

6:30 – 7:15pm Reception

Pool Garden, Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Hotel

3131 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

7:15pm Dinner & Keynote

Ralph Becker, Former Mayor, Salt Lake City UT

Summit Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Hotel

Wednesday, October 26
8:00 – 8:30am ​Breakfast

Orange County Water District Headquarters

18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

First shuttle will depart hotel at 7:50am and bring attendees to meeting continuously as needed until 8:20am. Last shuttle will depart hotel at 8:20am. Meet in hotel lobby.

8:30am Integrating Economic and Racial Equity into Water Decisionmaking

Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability & Economic Development Officer of the LA Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

Laurel Firestone, Co-Executive Director, Community Water Center, CA

De’Sean Quinn, Water Quality Planner, King County WA & Councilmember, Tukwila, WA

Jessie Buendia, Community Benefits and Social Responsibility Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Moderator: Debbie Franco, Community and Rural Affairs Advisor and Local Drought Liaison, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research


Conservation is the New Supply

Heather Cooley, Water Program Director, Pacific Institute

Candice Rupprecht, Water Conservation Specialist, City of Tucson AZ

Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Moderator: Frances Spivy-Weber, Vice Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board

​12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch

Creative Financing for Sustainable Water Solutions

Jim Gebhardt, Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

Carrie Rivette, Wastewater/Stormwater Maintenance Superintendent, City of Grand Rapids MI

Brian Van Wye, Branch Chief – Program Implementation of Stormwater Management, District of Columbia Department of the Environment

Jane Silfen, Vice President, Encourage Capital

Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow Alliance

​3:00 – 3:30pm Wrap Up

First shuttle to depart meeting at 3:35pm. It will stop first at SNA airport, then hotel. Last shuttle will leave meeting at 4:00pm sharp for airport and hotel. If you are flying out Wednesday evening, please make sure to provide your departure details to event staff by noon on Wednesday to ensure we get you to the airport in time (sign-up for this will be available at registration table at the meeting).