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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Craig Lichty, President
Area Director and Vice President
Black & Veatch

Bart Weiss

Bart Weiss, Vice President
Chief Officer,
Innovation and Resiliency
Hillsborough County Public Utilities (Florida)

Deven Upadhyay, Treasurer
Executive Officer and Assistant General Manager
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Pinar Balci, Ph.D., Secretary
Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Sustainability
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
(New York)

Gilbert Trejo, Past President
Vice President of Operations and Technical Services
El Paso Water (Texas)


Katherine (Kati) Bell
Managing Director of Water Strategy
Brown and Caldwell

Jon Freedman
Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs
Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions

Juan Gomez
Director of Engineering
San Antonio Water System (Texas)

Felicia Marcus
Stanford University Water in the West Program (California)

Paula Kehoe
Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (California)

John Kmiec
Tucson Water Department (Arizona)

Karen Pallansch
Chief Executive Officer
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (Virginia)

Paul Sciuto
General Manager
Monterey One Water (California)

Joe Mouawad
General Manager
Eastern Municipal Water District (California)

B. Narayanan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Carollo Engineers

Hayati Yarkadas
President, Europe, Water Infrastructure and Global Services
Xylem, Inc.

Wayne Young
Vice President, Environmental Services
JEA (Florida)

Section Representatives


Maria Brady
Principal, Senior Project Manager
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.


Dave Pederson Headshot, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

Dave Pedersen
General Manager
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District


John Rehring
Vice President
Carollo Engineers


Mike Sweeney
Director Innovation and Strategic Advancement
Toho Water Authority


Darnell Ingram
Chief Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
City of Baltimore Department of Public Works


Raj Chavan
Vice President, Senior Project Director for Water & Technical Solutions

New Mexico

Diane Agnew
Water Rights Program Manager
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

Pacific Northwest

Holly Tichenor
Oregon Local Leader
Brown and Caldwell

South Carolina

David Niesse
Technical Services Officer
Renewable Water Resources (ReWA)


David Sloan
Senior Process Engineer
Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Board Meetings

Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2023 @ Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 5, 2023 8:00 am to 12 noon ET Atlanta, GA (In-Person)
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2023
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, June 9, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (Remote)

Meeting of the Board of Directors – Third Quarter 2023
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, September 15, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (TBD)

Meeting of the Board of Directors – Fourth Quarter 2023
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, December 8, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (Remote)

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