“This is where the leaders in water meet”
Navigating Bay Area Water: Emerging Technology Solutions
May 31st, 2018 from 12 to 6:30 pm
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Esteemed speakers will share their insight, experience and vision at this highly interactive event focusing on transformative technology and the policy necessary for water reuse implementation.
Join over 150 water leaders and decision makers from local government, tech companies, agencies, water technology companies and NGOs
The day will include:
- Inspiring stories from tech leaders
- Networking opportunities
- Informative panels and speakers
- Creative policy solutions
- Lunch with table seating
- Wine & beer reception
We invite you to demonstrate your sustainability leadership by joining us and local water experts for this exciting event!
Newsha Ajami, PhD
Water in the West, Stanford University
Dr. Ajami is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, co-authored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times and the Sacramento Bee. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the UC, Irvine, an M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.
Intel Corporation; Corporate Sustainability
Sustainability Group. Using her 20 years of experience as an environmental engineer, she leads two of Intel’s key sustainability programs, including global water stewardship and carbon footprint at Intel’s manufacturing and office locations around the globe. She is currently leading Intel’s water conservation strategy and newest water commitment to restore 100% of Global Water Use by 2025.
Additionally, she manages Intel’s global carbon footprint program, including climate change
mitigation and external carbon reduction goals performance, accounting and reporting. In 2017, the Society of Women Engineers honored her with a Global Team Leadership award for achievements in water conservation.
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Cynthia Clark is Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Senior Water Director. She has been with SSV since January 2015, having previously served as Chief Development Officer and Director of Business Development. Cindy developed SSV’s Water Replenish Project in order to create local water resiliency and help restore our aquatic ecosystems. She is responsible for stakeholder education, policy and alliance base advocacy. Prior to joining SSV, Cindy was an entrepreneur and spent many years in high tech business development. She has a BA from UC Berkeley, a JD from Santa Clara University and is an active member of the California Bar Association.
SUEZ Water and Technology
Jon Freedman is based in Washington, DC, where he leads global government affairs for Suez Water Technologies & Solutions. Previously, he led global government affairs for GE’s water business. In addition, he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called Ecomagination. He also helped GE create a global water business by leading the acquisition of an NYSE-listed water company.
Freedman teaches a class on water at the University of Pennsylvania, and he serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership, and the
board of directors for the WateReuse Association. Freedman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from William & Mary, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Zach F. Gallagher
Natural Systems Utilities
Mr. Gallagher is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional holding BS and MS degrees from Rutgers University in Bio-Resource and Civil/Environmental Engineering. He is currently Executive Vice President for Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) and serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council, NJ Chapter. NSU designs, builds and operates onsite water treatment and reuse systems. With over 30 years of innovation and leadership in the industry NSU operates over 200 onsite systems from coast to coast. In 2007, Mr. Gallagher partnered in Alliance Environmental, an environmental engineering and sustainability consulting firm where he served as COO before its merger with NSU. Prior to this time he worked for Applied Water Management Group where he specialized in wastewater management planning and water reuse systems. Mr. Gallagher’s current focus is on water reuse and complete integrated infrastructure approaches that combine water and energy with a concentration on handling the systems integration aspects and overall functionality.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Paula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s water supply portfolio, including conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts. She worked for the SFPUC General Manager and assisted with the planning the $4.6 billion capital improvement program to rebuild the third largest water delivery system in California. She served as Public Education Director for the SFPUC’s Water Pollution Prevention Program receiving six state and national awards.
Urban Fabrick Inc.
Piper Kujac brings a deep passion for sustainability and a commitment to impactful projects in her work at Urban Fabrick. As an architectural designer, consultant and instructor, she pursued an MBA in sustainability management from Presidio Graduate School to advance the business case for green building. Previously Piper served as the owner’s rep for The Commonwealth Club of California, managing development of its new, highly efficient headquarters building in San Francisco from start to finish. At Urban Fabrick, Piper contributes to the leadership team and management across many projects, including the Salesforce blackwater reuse project in downtown San Francisco. She is a Climate Corps Fellow Alumnus with Environmental Defense Fund; an advisor to USGBC for its WaterBuild Conference; and serves on the board of directors of the Net Zero Energy Coalition with the goal of lowering carbon emissions from buildings at scale.
California State Water Board
Darrin Polhemus is a Deputy Director for the State Water Board and in charge of the Division of Drinking Water. The Division of Drinking Water administers the federal and California Safe Drinking Water Acts, regulating over 7,400 public water systems throughout the State to assure the delivery safe drinking water to all Californians. In addition the Division permits recycled water usage, manages the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, oversees the work of county health departments that have been delegated the authority to regulate small water systems, and develops regulations pertaining to drinking water.
Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford
Senator Scott Wiener
Elected in November 2016, Senator Scott Wiener represents District 11 in the California State Senate. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City, as well as portions of South San Francisco.
In the Senate, Senator Wiener works hard to make housing more affordable by confronting California’s severe housing shortage; to invest in our transportation systems, including improving and expanding our public transportation systems; to increase access to healthcare, including reproductive healthcare; to support working families, including expanding paid family leave, childcare, and quality public education; to support California’s nightlife culture and economy; to meaningfully address climate change and the impacts of drought by expanding clean energy and modernizing our water system; to reform the criminal justice system and reduce gun violence; to reduce California’s alarmingly high poverty rate; and to safeguard and expand the rights of all communities, including immigrants and the LGBT community.
During his first year in the Senate, Senator Wiener passed 11 bills that were signed into law, including a landmark bill to streamline housing approvals in cities not meeting their housing goals. The bill, Senate Bill 35, was central to a broad housing package that will make it easier to build housing and generate billions in new funding for affordable housing.
Senator Wiener serves as Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, where he is working to expand California’s social safety net, including leading an effort to stem California’s high rates of food insecurity and youth homelessness. He also serves on the Transportation and Housing Committee, the Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Public Safety Committee.
Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he authored a number of first-in-the-nation laws, including mandating fully paid parental leave for working parents, requiring water recycling and solar power in new developments, and banning public spending in states with anti-LGBT hate laws. A regular transit rider, Senator Wiener authored and passed a ballot measure to tie public transportation funding and pedestrian/bike improvements to population growth, resulting in a significant funding increase for San Francisco’s light-rail and bus systems as well as its bike network. His work on housing included legislation to streamline the approval of affordable housing, allow for the construction of new in-law units, and increase protections for tenants.
Senator Wiener has represented San Francisco on a number of regional bodies including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. He served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he represented San Francisco in court (ranging from trial courts to the United States Supreme Court) and supervised a team of trial attorneys. He served as Chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party. A leader in San Francisco’s LGBT community, Senator Wiener co-chaired the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, BALIF (the Bay Area’s LGBT bar association), and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, as well as serving on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign.