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California H2O Women Conference

January 27, 2017 | Santa Barbara Inn, Santa Barbara


Keynote Speaker
Felicia Marcus


State Water Resources Control Board

Chris Austin

Founder and Publisher

Maven’s Notebook

Jennifer Bowles

Executive Director

Water Education Foundation

Debra Coy


XPV Water Partners

Jill Duerig

General Manager

Alameda County Flood Control Water Conservation District, Zone 7

Managing Senior Mediator/Senior Facilitator

Center for Collaborative Policy

Chris Frahm


Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Fiona Hutton


Fiona Hutton & Associates

Denise Kruger

Senior Vice President, Regulated Utilities

Golden State Water Co.

Dr. Marcelle E. DuPraw
Tara Lohan

Managing Editor

Water Deeply

Cindy Messer

Assistant Chief Deputy Director

California Department of Water Resources

Stefanie Morris

General Counsel

State Water Contractors

Cory O'Donnell

Deputy Counsel

Sonoma County Water Authority

Melissa Poole

Senior Counsel and Director of Government Affairs

The Wonderful Co.

Abby Taylor-Silva

Vice President, Policy and Communications
Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

Denise Vedder

Public Affairs Manager

San Diego County
Water Authority

Meena Westford

Special Projects Manager

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California



Friday, January 27, 2017

8:30 am–9:00 am


9:00 am–9:25 am

Introduction by Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld

9:30 am–10:45 am

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act led by Marci  Dupraw. Panelists: Cory O’Donnell, Melissa Poole, Abby Taylor-Silva

10:50 am–12:05 pm

Imported Water led by Stefanie Morris. Panelists: Jill Duerig, Meena Westford, Cindy Messer

Lunch and Keynote Speaker Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

12:05 pm–1:30 pm

1:30 pm–2:45 pm

Infrastructure led by Chris Frahm. Panelists: Debra Coy, Denise Kruger, Denise Vedder

2:50 pm–4:05 pm

Communications led by Fiona Hutton. Panelists: Chris Austin, Jennifer Bowles, Tara Lohan

4:05 pm–4:15 pm


4:15 pm–6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception  hosted by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Located at the outdoor terrace of Santa Barbara Inn’s Convivo Restaurant 

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