California H2O Women Conference | 2020 | Santa Barbara, CA


October 29th & 30th 2020 | The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck will announce details for the 2020 California H2O Women Conference in early 2020. This women-only, invitation-only event is both a professional conference and retreat. The conference showcases leading women professionals, their work and their contributions to advance the water industry. It includes inspirational and educational presentations from noteworthy industry leaders, thought-provoking discussions about key water issues, numerous networking and social opportunities and time to relax and connect with other “H2O Women.”

Message from the Founders

In 2017, we established a formal opportunity—the California H2O Women Conference—for women leaders in the water industry to collaborate, coordinate, educate and support each other. 

Our conference brings  together women leaders from diverse sectors of the California water industry. Our hope is that the California H2O Women Conference will help empower and inspire women to improve the way we manage California’s and the world’s most valuable and vital natural resource.

Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld, Founders 

Stephanie Hastings


Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Stephanie Hastings
Amy Steinfeld

Office Managing Partner

and Shareholder

Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Amy Steinfeld

Previous Speakers

2017 Keynote Speaker
Felicia Marcus


State Water Resources Control Board

2018 Keynote Speaker
Brenda Burman


Bureau of Reclamation

United States Department of the Interior

2017 and 2018 Conference Speakers

Manager Natural

Resources Research,

Climate Change Assessment
CA Department of Water Resources

Jamie Anderson

Supervisor of Resources
Westlands Water District

Katarina Buelna Campbell

Managing Senior Mediator/Senior Facilitator

Center for Collaborative Policy

Dr. Marcelle E. DuPraw

Center Director
and Senior Fellow

PPIC Water Policy Center

Ellen Hanak

Director of Water Resources

San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission

Paula Kehoe


State Water Resources
Control Board

Felicia Marcus

Deputy Counsel

Sonoma County

Water Authority

Cory O'Donnell

Manager, Water Department

Imperial Irrigation District

Tina Anderholt Shields


Founder and Publisher

Maven's Notebook

Chris Austin

Senior Program Officer

Water Foundation

Juliet Christian-Smith

Co-Executive Director

Community Water Center

Laurel Firestone


McGeorge School of Law

Jennifer L. Harder

Senior Vice President

Regulated Utilities Golden State Water Co.

Denise Kruger

Assistant Chief 

Deputy Director

California Department of Water Resources

Cindy Messer

Senior Counsel and Director of Governmental Affairs

The Wonderful Co.

Melissa Poole

General Manager

San Diego County
Water Authority

Maureen Stapleton

Public Affairs Manager

San Diego County

Water Authority

Denise Vedder

Executive Director

Water Education Foundation

Jennifer Bowles


XPV Water Partners

Debra Coy


US Water Alliance

Radhika Fox


Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Stephanie Hastings

Poseidon Water

Bar Littlefield

General Counsel

State Water Contractors

Stefanie Morris


Todd Groundwater

Iris Priestaf

Office Managing Partner

and Shareholder

Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Amy Steinfeld

Special Projects Manager

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Meena Westford


Santa Clara Valley

Water District

Norma Camacho

General Manager

Alameda County  Flood Control Water Conservation District, Zone 7

Jill Duerig


Brownstein Hyatt

Farber Schreck, LLP

Chris Frahm


Fiona Hutton & Associates

Fiona Hutton

Managing Editor

Water Deeply

Tara Lohan

President and CEO

ESA (Environmental Science Associates)

Leslie Moulton-Post

Business Unit Director- Global Residential and Americas Commercial Building Services

Xylem, Inc.

Lisa Riles

Vice President, Policy and Communications

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

Abby Taylor-Silva

Please contact us with any  suggestions for presentation topics and/or speakers.



Sponsorships help us provide discounted registration fees to not-for-profits and other attendees with constraints.

California H2O Women Conference  sponsors reach a targeted audience of California’s women water decision-makers, including: elected officials, regulators and regulatory staff, general managers, executive directors and executives, consulting and communications professionals.

To learn more about sponsorship levels, please click  below. 

Previous Sponsors

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