November 1–2, 2018  |  Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara


Speakers and Discussion Topics

Keynote Speaker

Bureau of Reclamation

United States Department of the Interior

Manager Natural

Resources Research,

Climate Change Assessment
CA Department of Water Resources

Jamie Anderson

Co-Executive Director

Community Water Center

Laurel Firestone


Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck

Stephanie Hastings


State Water Resources
Control Board

Felicia Marcus

Manager, Water Department

Imperial Irrigation District

Tina Anderholt Shields


Santa Clara Valley

Water District

Norma Camacho


US Water Alliance

Radhika Fox

President and CEO

ESA (Environmental Science Associates)

Leslie Moulton-Post


Todd Groundwater

Iris Priestaf


Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck

Amy Steinfeld

Supervisor of Resources
Westlands Water District

Katarina Buelna Campbell

Center Director
and Senior Fellow

PPIC Water Policy Center

Ellen Hanak

Director of Water Resources

San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission

Paula Kehoe

Business Unit Director- Global Residential and Americas Commercial Building Services

Xylem, Inc.

Lisa Riles

Senior Program Officer

Water Foundation

Juliet Christian-Smith


McGeorge School of Law

Jennifer L. Harder

Poseidon Water

Bar Littlefield

General Manager

San Diego County
Water Authority

Maureen Stapleton

President, Water Business

Black & Veatch Corporation

Cindy Wallis-Lage

Managing Director

WateReuse California

Jennifer West


Water Recycling

and Reuse

SGMA-Driven Solutions

The Business of Water

Climate Change

Technology and Innovation



This conference was approved for 8.25 General CLE Credits in California.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Morning free for travel and pre-conference networking and retreating.

Santa Ynez Terrace

7:30 am–8:15 am


Rotunda Balcony Entryway

10:30 am  –11:45 am

Conference Check-in

Santa Ynez Salon


8:15 am–8:30 am


Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: Brenda Burman,   Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, United States Department of the Interior

12:00 pm  –1:30 pm

Santa Ynez Salon

Water Recycling and Reuse

1:30  pm–2:45 pm

SGMA-Driven Solutions

2:45 pm–4:00 pm

Break and Networking

4:00 pm–4:15 pm

Business of Water

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

Ocean Terrace

5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Climate Change

8:30 am–10:00 am

Break and Networking

10:00 am–10:30 am

10:30 am–12:00 pm

Technology and Innovation

Afternoon free for travel and post-conference networking and retreating


Optional Friday Afternoon and Weekend Activities

  • Bacara spa and pools

  • Beach activities – surfing, stand-up paddling, sunning

  • Foley Food & Wine Society Wine Tasting Room at the Bacara 

Featured NGO

The Aquaya Institute is a non-profit research and consulting organization dedicated to improving health in the developing world. It delivers the knowledge and tools that are required to achieve universal access to safe water and sanitation. Aquaya has completed projects in over 20 countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


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