Speakers and Panel Chairs
Key Note Speakers
Doc Hendley is the epitome of the individual who has made a difference. Tens of thousands of people around the world have clean drinking water they did not have before an idea popped into the head of this “tattooed keg-tapper” musician’s head. Hendley realized that just by using his ability to tend bar and create relationships with people, he might be able to help the problem. At the bars where he worked, he started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way he knew how, by pouring wine and playing music. Hendley has taken
personal risks to do the hard work of providing water and clean water education in far flung locations around the globe. He worked in dozens of refugee camps installing water systems for victims of Darfur’s government supported genocide. Often inside the United Nations' dangerous "no-go" zones, he distributed water or chlorine tablets to people with only plastic sheeting for shelter. Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 (chosen from over 9,000 applicants by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John).
David L. Sedlak
David Sedlak is the Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). Professor Sedlak's research addresses the use of natural and engineered systems to improve water quality and new approaches for increasing the sustainability and resiliency of urban water systems. He is a member of the National Academy of
Engineering and recipient of numerous awards including the NSF CAREER Award, the Paul Busch Award for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research and the Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research. Sedlak is the author of Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource and serves as editor-in-chief of the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology.
My Twitter ID is: twitter: @water4point0
Panel Chairs and Speakers
Newsha is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West and NSF-ReNUWIt initiatives. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy, the water-energy-food nexus, and advancing uncertainty assessment techniques impacting hydrological predictions. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures.
Newsha K. Ajami, Ph.D., is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West and NSF-ReNUWIt initiatives. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy, the water-energy-food nexus, and advancing uncertainty assessment techniques impacting hydrological predictions. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures and relevant and effective communication.
Dr. Ajami is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. Before joining Stanford, she worked as a senior research associate at the Pacific Institute from 2011 to 2013, and served as a Science and Technology fellow at the California State Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee where she worked on various water and energy related legislation. She was also a post doctorate researcher with the Berkeley Water Center, University of California, Berkeley. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed papers in predominant journals, coauthored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times and the Sacramento Bee. She was the recipient of the 2005 National Science Foundation award for AMS Science and Policy Colloquium and ICSC-World Laboratory Hydrologic Science and Water Resources Fellowship from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine, an M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Tehran Polytechnic.
Jocelyn Bridson is the Director of Environmental Science & Resources at Rio Farms, a vegetable farming company based in King City, with additional growing regions in Oxnard, CAand Yuma, AZ. Through the implementation of best management practices, field research, and scientific data analysis, she is helping craft the company’s sustainable agriculture program to meet internal goals, environmental regulations, and customer demands on over 6000 acres. RioFarms strategically pairs the best of traditional practices like composting with newer technologies that
boost efficiency and inform farming, such as soil moisture sensors and watermeters.
In addition to her work on the farm, Jocelyn is a member of the California Department of Food & Agriculture’s Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel. Locally she serves on theAgricultural Advisory Committee for Monterey County, and is a Board Member for both theMonterey County Farm Bureau and Water Quality Preservation Inc.
Jocelyn is a Certified Crop Advisor and the CCA- Sustainability Specialist Certification. She hasa Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Management from U.C. Santa Barbara’s BrenSchool and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology and Certificate inEnvironmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Prior to working in agriculture,Jocelyn had ten years of professional experience working in water quality, native habitatrestoration and environmental education positions with reputable agencies such as the USGS,US Forest Service, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and NGOs such as Save TheBay and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys hiking,paddle boarding, and spending time with her family.
Anna M. Caballero was elected in November 2016 to the California State Assembly to represent the 30th Assembly District, which includes the Salinas Valley and Big Sur, San Benito County, Watsonville, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill. Anna’s leadership has inspired generations of young leaders to work hard, and help build a strong community for the future. She has been a tireless advocate for families, farmers, veterans, workers, the disabled, seniors, and teachers. She is honored to continue this work in the state Assembly.
Anna M. Caballero was elected in November 2016 to the California State Assembly to represent the 30th Assembly District, which includes the Salinas Valley and Big Sur, San Benito County, Watsonville, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill.
Anna has a 30 year legacy of public service in her community. She received her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, and her law degree from UCLA. After graduating law school she moved to Salinas to provide legal services to farmworkers. Along with her partners, Anna made the commitment to open an office in Salinas and Hollister to provide legal services to working families at a reasonable price. She also started a non-profit called “Partners in Peace” to develop strategies to reduce youth and gang violence. At the request of her housing association she ran for Salinas City Council and served for seven years; where she focused on affordable housing, strengthening the business and commercial opportunities for growth, the redevelopment of downtown, and providing more parks and recreational space for kids and families. She became the first female Mayor of Salinas in 1998, and as Mayor she raised over $80,000 in private funds to fund city libraries, and she put a measure on the ballot to raise money for essential services during a state budget crisis.
Anna was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006, where she continued to focus on meeting the needs of local residents. She made it easier for farmers to utilize their land to build farmworker housing, gave local governments more time to commit redevelopment dollars to rehabilitate affordable housing units in their communities, and created a parks grant incentive for park poor communities who build affordable housing. She facilitated the transfer of state land to a local community to assist in the expansion of the waste water treatment facility, and facilitated in obtaining funds for a water agency to assist in upgrades and much needed technology. She was also able to access much needed gang intervention funds to help reduce gang violence in the region, creating a partnership with the Highway Patrol and the Department of Justice. An advocate for education, she also voted to extend state student aid to undocumented students applying for citizenship. She showed solidarity with other government workers whose salary was cut due to the budget, by taking a 10% pay-cut in her Assembly salary.
From 2010 to 2016, Anna joined Governor Edmund G. Brown’s cabinet as Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Under her leadership, 65 million dollars were allocated to build housing and provide services for homeless veterans, provide struggling families access to home refinancing assistance, and establish new funding criteria for affordable housing and sustainable communities. New funding criteria for affordable housing also included rural communities, an effort that aids in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As Secretary she oversaw the largest civil rights department in the country, the protection of consumer rights through the licensing of over 3 million individuals and businesses in California, and the development and maintenance of affordable housing statewide. During her time working with Governor Brown, Anna was the highest-ranking Latina in state government.
Anna’s leadership has inspired generations of young leaders to work hard, and help build a strong community for the future. She has been a tireless advocate for families, farmers, veterans, workers, the disabled, seniors, and teachers. She is honored to continue this work in the state Assembly.
Jason Dadakis is the Executive Director of Water Quality and Technical Resources for Orange County Water District (OCWD) in Fountain Valley, California. He manages regulatory compliance, water quality monitoring, laboratory analysis, and applied research in support of OCWD’s groundwater management activities and recycled water projects, including the Groundwater Replenishment System. He has led studies and monitoring programs to assess the fate and transport of pathogens and chemical contaminants through engineered
and natural treatment systems. He also has experience in the planning, development, and use of groundwater models and tracer tests for resource management.
Mr. Dadakis received a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He is a licensed professional geologist and certified hydrogeologist in the State of California.
Dennis Donohue served as Mayor of Salinas, the largest city on the Central Coast, from 2006-2012. From his time in office he worked to connect the Salinas Valley and the Silicon Valley. Dennis has effectively worked with Sacramento, the Governor’s office, U.S. Congress, and the Senate. Dennis began his business career in the Silicon Valley with Atari, then the fastest growing company in the world. He also worked in sales for Microsoft and Verbatim before returning to Salinas in the late eighties. In agribusiness since 1988, Dennis worked
for River Ranch, Fresh Express, and Fresh Western before joining European Vegetable Specialties in 1996. He became president of the company two years later. With experience in the technology sector, agriculture, and local politics, Dennis now leads the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas. He is currently the Chairman of the Grower Shipper Association Foundation and former Chairman of the Grower Shipper Association of the Central C
Emily Gardner works as the Water Resource Manager with Driscoll’s. She is engaged in community driven efforts to achieve sustainable groundwater supplies in the Pajaro and Salinas groundwater basins. Emily supports the Driscoll’s enterprise through programs like water use tracking, irrigator certification training, and irrigation efficiency research. Before joining Driscoll’s, Emily worked for the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County on the development of performance based targets and incentives for water quality protection and conservation.
Emily Gardner works as the Water Resource Manager with Driscoll’s. She is engaged in community driven efforts to achieve sustainable groundwater supplies in the Pajaro and Salinas groundwater basins. Emily supports the Driscoll’s enterprise through programs like water use tracking, irrigator certification training, and irrigation efficiency research. Before joining Driscoll’s, Emily worked for the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County on the development of performance based targets and incentives for water quality protection and conservation. She is currently serving as a Director for the Monterey County Resource Conservation District. Emily holds a master’s degree in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy from CSU Monterey Bay and a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara. On the weekends Emily enjoys assisting with her family’s beef cattle operation.
Maria Paz Gutierrez
Maria Paz Gutierrez, Associate Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, is an architect and researcher focused on nature and multifunctional material organizations and 21st century environmental and socioeconomic challenges. In 2008, she founded BIOMS an interdisciplinary research initiative intersecting architecture and science pioneering methods to integrate principles of design and biophysics from the nano to the building scale in contexts of risk. Her recent research focuses on exploring the biophysical and cultural implication
of functional natural materials, water, and waste through multiscale digital fabrication and material computation. Gutierrez is the recipient of various prestigious research grants from leading scientific organizations including the US National Science Foundation, DOE, and EPA in the area of sustainable building systems innovation. Her research has been recognized as pioneering multiscale design through groundbreaking material innovations in self-regulated and multi-optimization building systems taking her to open new paths for architects in the engineering and scientific communities including at the National Academy of Engineering (US) and been published in leading scientific journals including Science and Scientific Reports (Nature). Gutierrez work has been exhibited at leading venues including the Field Museum, Chicago and widely covered in the press including in Science Nation. Gutierrez’s prestigious awards include the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Award(semifinalist) and the 2010 Emerging Frontiers of Research Innovation by the US National Science Foundation. Gutierrez is a Fulbright Nexus Scholar and has served as an appointed Senior Fellow of the Energy Climate Partnership of the Americas by the US Department of State from 2011-16. She has two provisional patents and a forthcoming book Regeneration Wall (Routledge Press).
Dale D. Huss
Dale D. Huss currently holds the position of Ocean Mist Farms V.P. Artichoke Production; and, Managing Partner of Sea Mist Farms (growers of artichokes and fresh vegetables). He received a B.S. in Plant Sciences from the University of Nevada Reno - 1984. Industry-affiliated organizations include Chairman of the Monterey County Water Recycling Projects “Water Quality andOperations Committee”. Co-chair of the Watsonville Water Recycling Project’s Water Quality and Project Operations Committee for the Pajaro Valley Water
Paula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources with the SFPUC and has been helping to drive the city’s efforts to support onsite water reuse systems in new developments to help save water. She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the development and implementation of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. She spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources for non-potable end uses in buildings and districts within San Francisco.
Paula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the development and implementation of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources for non-potable end uses in buildings and districts within San Francisco.
As California’s Secretary of Natural Resources, Laird has made climate change adaptation, water conservation and supply reliability, enhanced relationships with tribal governments, State Parks access, farmland conservation, and oceans sustainability among other issues top priorities. As Secretary, he provides administrative oversight to thirty departments, commissions, councils, museum, boards and conservancies – and is a sitting member of sixteen conservancies, councils, boards and commissions within the purview of the Agency.
John Laird was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Jerry Brown on Jan. 5, 2011. He has spent nearly 40 years in public service, including 23 years as an elected official. The son of teachers and raised in Vallejo, Laird graduated with honors in politics from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1972. He then served on the district staff of U.S. Representative Jerome Waldie, and as a budget analyst for the Santa Cruz County Administrator.
In 1981, Laird was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council, and served nine years until term limits ended his council service in 1990. He was a two-term mayor from 1983 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1988. During his local government service, he served as a board member for local transit, transportation, water planning, and regional government agencies. Laird was the executive director of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project from 1991 to 1994 and an elected member of the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002. In 2002, Laird was elected to represent the 27th Assembly District in the California Assembly, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. He was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2006, when he received more than 70 percent of the vote. At the beginning of his second term, Laird joined the Assembly leadership team when Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez named him chair of the Budget Committee, a position to which he was reappointed by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in 2008.
While serving the maximum three terms in the Assembly, Laird authored 82 bills that were signed into law. These bills established the landmark Sierra Nevada Conservancy, restored community college health services, expanded and clarified state civil rights protections, reformed the state mandates system, and significantly expanded water conservation. Laird was a member of the State Integrated Waste Management Board from 2008 to 2009 and taught state environmental policy at University of California Santa Cruz. Continuing his public service as California’s Secretary of Natural Resources, Laird has made climate change adaptation, water conservation and supply reliability, enhanced relationships with tribal governments, State Parks access, farmland conservation, and oceans sustainability among other issues top priorities. As Secretary, he provides administrative oversight to thirty departments, commissions, councils, museum, boards and conservancies – and is a sitting member of sixteen conservancies, councils, boards and commissions within the purview of the Agency.
Laird has been a long-time resident of Santa Cruz with his spouse John Flores. He has traveled extensively, is fluent in Spanish, enjoys conducting family history research, and is a life-long Chicago Cubs fan.
Kevin is the CEO of Driscoll's. With more than 20 years of business and agriculture experience, Kevin joined Driscoll’s in 2008. He came to Driscoll's from Capurro Farms where he served for three years as president. Kevin led this family-owned company through a series of transformations that led to a merger of Capurro Farms with Growers Express. Prior to working at Capurro, Kevin was with Fresh Express for almost 15 years. During that period, he headed up strategic planning, marketing and operations for the company.
Kevin Murphy is the CEO of Driscoll’s. Driscoll’s grows and markets fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries worldwide. They are headquartered in Watsonville, California, with operations in over twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.
With more than 20 years of business and agriculture experience, Kevin joined Driscoll’s in 2008. He came to Driscoll's from Capurro Farms where he served for three years as president. Kevin led this family-owned company through a series of transformations that led to a merger of Capurro Farms with Growers Express. Prior to working at Capurro, Kevin was with Fresh Express for almost 15 years. During that period, he headed up strategic planning, marketing and operations for the company.
Kevin is also involved in his local community. He currently sits on the California State University Monterey Bay Advisory Council.
Kevin was born and grew up in South Africa. He has an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and a MBA. Kevin and his wife, Mary, have two children, Hala and Sean and live in Monterey, California. His hobbies include running, sailing, squash and golf.
David J. Stoldt
Mr. Stoldt joined the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District as General Manager in 2011. He has over 27 years of experience in the public infrastructure sector, including investment banking and consulting to public agencies. He has also served as chief executive and chief financial officer for early stage start-up companies where his roles have included cross-functional experience in strategic planning, finance, marketing, logistics, and management. Mr. Stoldt has also served in various positions in the public sector.
Mr. Stoldt joined the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District as General Manager in 2011. He has over 27 years of experience in the public infrastructure sector, including investment banking and consulting to public agencies. He has also served as chief executive and chief financial officer for early stage start-up companies where his roles have included cross-functional experience in strategic planning, finance, marketing, logistics, and management.
Mr. Stoldt has also served in various positions in the public sector, both appointed and elected, leading to an understanding of how to achieve results within the delicate balance of public and political interests. His analytical and financial background has resulted in creating high-impact outcomes working in the context of legal agreements, organizational constraints, and political frameworks. He has worked on 40 other public agency projects totaling over $3 billion.
Mr. Stoldt has an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from Stanford, an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois.
Urs von Gunten
Urs von Gunten has a joint appointment between Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he is a full professor. He is an internationally recognized expert in water quality and treatment and has co-authored one book and more than 200 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has received several international awards among them the distinction of being listed as a Thompson Reuter Highly Cited Researcher in 2014 and 2015.
In 2015, he received the prestigious Professorship under the Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship Initiative for Distinguished Scientists. Besides his academic activities, he has a long history of collaborations with practitioners from the water sector; from 2004-2008 he was the head of the large trans-disciplinary project “Water supply for the 21st century” and in 2010 he became the head of the Competence Center for Drinking Water at Eawag. From 2013-2016 he was the head of the trans-disciplinary project “Regional Water Supply Basel-Country”, one of the cantons in Switzerland. In this project several aspects of a regional water supply related to water resources protection, water management, water treatment and organizational/structural aspects of water supplies were investigated.
Dr. David Zoldoske serves as the director of the Center for Irrigation Technology and the Executive Director of Water Initiatives at California State University Fresno, where he has been actively working on “water use efficiency” issues for over 35 years.David served as vice-chair for the California Department of Water Resources strategic planning caucus for New Water Technology and as vice-chair for the Model Landscape Ordinance. He is a past President of the Irrigation Association and the AmericanSociety of Agronomy (California chapter).
Jim W. Bogart
Jim Bogart is the President and General Counsel of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California (GSA), an agricultural trade association representing almost 400 growers, shippers,harvester/packers, processors, cold storage facilities and other businesses affiliated with the agricultureindustry in the Central California coastal counties of Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara.As GSA's President, Jim is responsible for leading the Association's policy and issues management workin many diverse and
complex areas, including but not limited to: labor, water, food safety, crop protection, technology and innovation, nutrition and health, air quality, transportation and logistics, landuse, and sustainability. As the GSA's General Counsel, Jim provides legal counseling and representationto agricultural employers in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law.
Jim is frequently sought out as a speaker on agricultural issues and labor/employment law topics. He is the author of several publications and articles on agriculture and the law. He was the editor and technical reviewer of the University of California’s published text, Labor Management Laws In California Agriculture.
His community activities include service on several boards of directors, including but not limited to the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce (Chairman of the Board), California Bar Association (Agribusiness Committee), Monterey County Bar Association(Labor Committee), Ag Against Hunger (Founding Director), Monterey County Agricultural Education(Founding Director), "AgKnowledge" Executive Leadership and Education Program (Past President andFounding Director), Hartnell College Ag Steering Committee (Founder and Past Chairman), MontereyCounty Legal Services (Founding Director), and the Salinas Valley Chapter of the American CancerSociety (Past President).
Jim received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from the University of Southern California (B.A.History). He earned his law degree in 1977 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Hilary Bryant Co-founder and Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Buoy Labs, a startup that is working to optimize the way we use water. She was a member of the Santa Cruz City Council from 2010-2014 and served as Mayor in 2013. Hilary and her husband, David Shuman, own Westside Animal Hospital. She also serves on the boards of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Digital NEST, Coastal Watershed Council, Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary. A UCSC graduate, she earned her BA in Biology and enjoys competing in triathlons,
biking, surfing and trying to keep up with her two kids.
Michael Cahn is an Irrigation and Water Resource Advisor for University of California, Cooperative Extension and is based in Monterey County. He also works in the central coast counties of San Benito and Santa Cruz. He received his B.S degree in Soil and Water Science from UC Davis, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. He has worked for UC Cooperative Extension since 1995, first as a Vegetable and Row Crop Advisor in the Sacramento Valley, and since 2001 in his current position. His research and extension activities are
focused in the areas of irrigation technology, water management of vegetable and horticultural crops, protection of water quality, and food safety.
Doreen "DeeDee" D'Adamo
D’Adamo was most recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Water Resources Control Board. She previously served on the California Air Resources Board from 1999-2013 under the Brown, Schwarzenegger and Davis administrations, where she was instrumental in the board’s air quality and climate change programs and regulations. D’Adamo has served in various capacities for members of Congress from the San Joaquin Valley over a 20-year period, working primarily on environmental, water and agricultural legislative policy.
DeeDee D’Adamo, of Modesto, was reappointed to the Partnership Board in June 2013 where she has served since May 2007. D’Adamo was most recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Water Resources Control Board. She previously served on the California Air Resources Board from 1999-2013 under the Brown, Schwarzenegger and Davis administrations, where she was instrumental in the board’s air quality and climate change programs and regulations. D’Adamo has served in various capacities for members of Congress from the San Joaquin Valley over a 20-year period, working primarily on environmental, water and agricultural legislative policy.
She currently serves on the Valley Coalition for UC Merced’s Medical School. D’Adamo was a visiting lecturer at the California State University, Stanislaus Department of Politics from 1992-1998 and an associate in a Modesto law firm working primarily on juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. D’Adamo earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Davis in 1982, and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1986.
Dahlke is an assistant professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Dahlke completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University in environmental engineering, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm University in Sweden before joining UC Davis in 2013. She is particularly interested in identifying feedbacks and thresholds in the hydrology and biogeochemistry of systems such as the Sierra Nevada or the agricultural landscape of the Central Valley through field and laboratory experiments, statistical analyses, and numerical modeling.
I grew up in the historic town of Leipzig, Germany, which is known for being a trade city since the time of the Holy Roman Empire and for playing a significant role in instigating the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. Since travel was somewhat restricted in the former German Democratic Republic I spent many summers of my childhood camping and kayaking in Mecklenburg (northern Germany), which sparked my passion for the outdoors and observing nature. During the last two years in Highschool I decided to specialize in Geography to learn the fundamentals of climate, soil, vegetation, ecology, hydrology and how tourism and cultural and economic development have impacted these systems. After Highschool I decided to study at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany to earn a "Diplom" (German standard Science degree, equivalent to a M.Sc.) in Physical Geography. I also chose to study Ecology and Geology as minor subjects to gain a broader education in Earth Sciences. From my second semester on I worked as a regular student assistant for Prof. Dr. Wolfgang-Albert Flügel, the chair of the Geoinformatics, Geohydrology and Modeling section within the Geography department. From this work I gained a lot of practical skill sets that I am still using today including GIS, remote sensing, database management, HTML programming and integrated water resources management modeling. Through various other internships at the Max-Planck Insitute for Biogeochemistry I gained some knowledge in carbon cycling, carbon isotope research and biodiversity. However, the work for Dr. Flügel ultimately decided my fate to become a hydrologist. I graduated from the University in Jena in 2004 after developing a wetland classification system for palustrine wetlands in South Africa and delineating different wetland types for a 237 sqkm catchment in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa using terrain indices derived from a 30m DEM.
In 2006 I joined the Soil and Water Lab at Cornell University as a trainee and one year later as a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering. Being part of the SWL, which comprised 30 graduate students from all over the World, was truly inspiring, interesting and probably the most life-shaping experience in my life. I had absolute freedom to chose my own research topic. Inspired by the Henry Darcy Medal lecture that Dr. Tammo Steenhuis gave at the EGU meeting in 2005 I decided that I wanted to do research in the area of Variable Source Area Hydrology. Using a combined approach of field-based research consisting of lateral flow observations in a trenched hillslope, geophysical methods (ground penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction) and a SCS-Curve-Number-based water balance model I was able to validate the VSA-interpretation of the SCS-CN method proposed by Steenhuis et al. (1995, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage) and proof general assumptions made in VSA hydrology regarding it's role on nutrient transport with subsurface stormflow. While being at Cornell University I also had the pleasure of taking classes from Dr. Wilfried Brutsaert, Dr. Yves Parlange and Dr. Jery Stedinger and spending 6 weeks in Ethiopia to supervise students that were admitted to the Cornell Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program in International Agriculture and Rural Development with specialization in Integrated Watershed Management in completing their thesis work.
After graduating from Cornell University I spent 2.5 years in Sweden to work as postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm University. This position gave me the chance to work in a field of hydrology that was completely new to me, namely cold region, snow and glacial hydrology. My task as PostDoc at Stockholm University was to investigate the effects of climate change on the hydrology of the subarctic Tarfala catchment in northern Sweden. Tarfala is mainly known for it's largest glacier, Storglaciären, which served as training ground for many known glaciologists, including Roger L. Hooke, Regine Hock, Andrew Fountain, Jack Kohler and Peter Jansson. Every year I spent on average 2.5 months at Tarfala Research Station to, for example, collect water samples for stable water isotope analysis and total organic and inorganic carbon content and to conduct Rhodamine WT and Uranine tracer experiments on Storglaciären to investigate potential changes in the subglacial drainage system of the glacier. Some of this work is still ongoing and will probably spark more research ideas in the coming years.
In April 2013 I joined the Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis as Assistant Professor in Physical Hydrology. Currently, I am in the process of putting my research and teaching program together, forming new collaborations and recruit students and staff for new research projects. Some of the research topics that I will be working on in the next few years include surface water-groundwater interactions in both agricultural environments and the mountainous watersheds of the Sierra Nevada, the interaction between rivers, ecosystems and geomorphology in mountain watersheds and hydrology-climate change interactions.
Maeve du Toit
Maeve du Toit co-founded WaterCity to change the way water is used. Modeled after the solar structured finance approach, she won the 2014 Startup Challenge business plan competition and launched the company. She took the company from idea to revenue generation, with clients such as Aramark Corporation, and saving roughly 1.5 million gallons of water per month at the time of her departure. She remained President and CEO of WaterCity until the end of 2016. She is currently consulting real estate developers through regulatory compliance, environmental
certifications, and structured finance vehicles for environmental improvements. Maeve has always been passionate about environmental sustainability and driven to make an impact.
Dr Jim Gill was Chancellor of Curtin University between 2010 and 2012. Dr Gill’s career has spanned through a number of major infrastructure areas in the state of Western Australia; he was CEO of WA’s Water Corporation from 1995 to 2008. A major focus during that time was a huge increase in the state’s water supply, together with programs to boost water usage efficiency, to adapt to a rapidly drying climate. He introduced Australia’s first sea water desalination plant, a decision which has since been followed by every other state except Tasmania.
Dr Jim Gill was Chancellor of Curtin University between 2010 and 2012. Dr Gill’s career has spanned through a number of major infrastructure areas in the state of Western Australia; he was CEO of WA’s Water Corporation from 1995 to 2008. A major focus during that time was a huge increase in the state’s water supply, together with programs to boost water usage efficiency, to adapt to a rapidly drying climate.
He introduced Australia’s first sea water desalination plant, a decision which has since been followed by every other state except Tasmania, with WA’s second desalination plant now operating at Binningup. Dr Gill was previously Western Australia’s Commissioner of Railways from 1988 to 1995, when the Perth system was modernised from diesel to electric trains, and the Joondalup line was built.
Dr Gill has a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Australia, a PhD from Cambridge University in the field of computer-aided design, and a Master degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Positions held include Chairman of the Water Services Association of Australia, President of the Western Australia Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of the WA Division of Engineers Australia.
In 2006 Dr Gill was named Australian Civil Engineer of the Year. He received the prestigious Grand Award of the International Water Association in Vienna in 2008. He was later made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009.
Kurt Gollnick is the Chief Operating Officer for Scheid Vineyards and has worked with Scheid Vineyards since 1988. Kurt previously served as Director of the California Association of Winegrape Growers for nine years, as the Chair of the Community Foundation of Monterey County and Chairman of 1st Capital Bank. Kurt has also been awarded the Ben Heller Award for Leadership and Courage by the Center for Community Advocacy to honor his work in improving the quality of life for farmworkers. He received a BS degree in agricultural business management from CalPoly
San Luis Obispo, and has served as the vineyard manager for Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Maria and for French Camp Vineyards in Paso Robles. His other non-winery claim to fame is serving as the Notre Dame High School soccer coach besides his other non-profit work.
John is a professor of Civil Engineering at California State University Sacramentoteaching water quality and environmental engineering. He also works in the Sac State Office of Water Programs providing technical assistance on various projects associatedwith treatment plant operator training, stormwater quality, and BMP performance. Theseprojects have included BMP testing at both column- and field-scales, runoff monitoringand BMP development for Caltrans, and LID BMP implementation on the Sacramento
State campus. John earned a PhD at UC Davis and is a registered civil engineer in California.
Lorri A. Koster is Chairman, CEO and a primary shareholder of Mann Packing Company; a grower, shipper, processor of fresh vegetables headquartered in California’s Salinas Valley. Mann Packing is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businessesowned and operated by women in the US. Lorri was raised in the agricultural industry and is the third generation of her family to work in produce. Lorri has a Bachelor of Arts degree in
public relations with a minor in business marketing from California State University, Chico. A “baseball mom” and “Forty Niner Faithful” she resides in Salinas with her husband Tom where she loves cheering on their two boys, Jack and Sam.
Tom has served as an elected official for 22 years on the Board of Directors of the Marina Coast Water District and is currently the Vice President of the Board. During Tom’s tenure on the Board, the District has built and operated both a seawater desalination plant and a recycled water plant. In the early 1990’s the District established the first permanent Water Conservation Commission in Monterey County. More recently, the District is the first public agency to use Airborne Electromagnetic Survey technology to study the
groundwater beneath the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin. The District is currently building the conveyance pipeline that will serve the Pure Water Monterey project being built by Monterey One Water. The District is also a recognized Groundwater Sustainability Agency with responsibilities under the California Groundwater Sustainability Act. The District serves about 30,000 customers in Marina and the former Fort Ord. Dr. Moore has served on the Boards of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (recently re-named Monterey One Water) and the Monterey County Local Agency Formation Commission. He has been an officer in the Special Districts Association of Monterey County. He also served six years on the Planning Commission of the City of Marina. And he has either founded or served on the boards of four local non-profit organizations, two state level non-profit organizations and the national councils of two national level non-profit organizations. Tom is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; Stanford University with a M.S. degree in Operations Research; and Northeastern University with a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in physics. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School, the U.S. Army Engineer School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College. He is also a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Dr. Moore is a Certified Professional Logistician. Tom has taught Joint Military Operations (JMO) for the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for 16 years. For the past six years, he has also taught Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations officers in the Security, Stability and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO) certificate course at NPS. Tom has previously taught in various capacities for the School of Business and Public Policy at NPS, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, Hartnell College, Virginia Tech, Stanford University, California State University Monterey Bay and the U.S. Army Logistics University.
Trained as a marine zoologist, Mark has worked on the study and conservation of coastal wetlands for three decades. Working with a group of community volunteers, Mark developed the land trust function of the Foundation, which is aggressively working to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough, one of the last remaining estuarine wetlands on the central coast. Mark was on a team of conservationists that developed a watershed conservation plan for the Elkhorn watershed that led to significant funding for land acquisitions here.
Abby Taylor-Silva is the Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, a 350 member-strong agricultural trade association spanning the coastal region encompassing Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties. Taylor-Silva is a native of Monterey and San Benito counties. Her family farmed in Monterey County for over 50 years. As a graduate of UC Davis, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and minored in Agricultural and Managerial Economics.
Abby Taylor-Silva is the Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Grower- Shipper Association of Central California, a 350 member-strong agricultural trade association spanning the coastal region encompassing Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.
Taylor-Silva is a native of Monterey and San Benito counties. Her family farmed in Monterey County for over 50 years. As a graduate of UC Davis, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and minored in Agricultural and Managerial Economics. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Salinas, the Past President of the Central Coast Ag Task Force, Past President of California Women for Agriculture’s Salinas Valley Chapter, Food Safety Director to statewide California Women for Agriculture, and Executive Board Member to Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Taylor-Silva has received recognition for her service to Central California. She was recognized as the Salinas Jaycees’ 2008 and 2012 Young Farmer of the Year, received her Young Farmer’s & Ranchers chapter’s 2010 Star YF&R award at the local and district-wide level, received Produce Business’ 40-Under- 40 Award in 2010, and was recognized as Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County’s Ag Woman of the Year in 2011. She was also recognized as California Assembly District 30’s Woman of the Year in 2015, was the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Ag Leadership award recipient in 2016, and is an alumnus of the California Ag Leadership Foundation’s Class 45.
Abby lives in Salinas with her husband Paul and daughters Olivia and Noelle.
Professor Mike Young holds a Research Chair in Water and Environmental Policy at the University of Adelaide, was the Founding Executive Director of its Environment Institute, is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. A specialist in water policy reform, Mike has developed proposals for the transformation of water rights in the western USA and for the introduction of groundwater sharing systems in California.
Mike Young holds a Research Chair in Water and Environmental Policy at the University of Adelaide, was the Founding Executive Director of its Environment Institute, is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
A specialist in water policy reform, Mike has developed proposals for the transformation of water rights in the western USA and for the introduction of groundwater sharing systems in California.
As a result of an Australian Government endowment, each year Harvard University appoints one person to the Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University. Mike held this Chair during the 2013/14 academic year. While in this position, he taught a course on transformational policy reform and, with Christine Esau edited an Earthscan iting a book on the same subject.
In the past, Mike has led teams that have developed frameworks for the introduction of a greenhouse gas emissions trading system in Australia; fishery management in NSW; biodiversity conservation on private land; and for rangeland management in NSW, SA and the NT. For three years, he worked on the integration of agricultural and environmental policies with OECD. He also played a key role in establishing Australia’s National Land and Water Resources Audit.
Mike is a current member of the Global Water Partnership's Technical Committee and is a recent member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security. In 2010/11 he lead the water component of a UNEP study on opportunities to pursue green growth strategies throughout the world. He was a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.
In 2006, Mike was awarded Australia’s premier water research prize – the Land and Water Australia Eureka Award for Water Research. The award recognizes the significant contribution of his research with the late Jim McColl to the development of improved water entitlement, allocation and trading systems in Australia.
Mike is best known for his contribution to the development of natural resource and environmental policies. In recent times, his research has focused on the use and design of market-based instruments with attention to water. He has played a critical role in the consideration of options for the Murray Darling Basin. Internationally, he is known for his capacity to integrate biophysical and economic information to produce innovative policy proposals that catalyze change.
Prof Young is a Research Fellow with Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and an Honorary Professor with the University College London. In 2012 spent several months in the United Kingdom working on water policy options for the Department of Environment, Food and Regional Affairs. This included consideration of ways to significantly reform water abstraction licensing and pricing arrangements.
In 2013, he spent several months with the OECD’s Environment Directorate working on a draft framework for the design of water abstraction regimes and options for the management of water scarcity challenges in the Netherlands.
Prior to joining the University of Adelaide, Mike spent 30 years with CSIRO where amongst other things he established their Policy and Economic Research Unit with offices in Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.
In 2003, Mike was awarded a Centenary Medal “for outstanding service through environmental economics”. In 2009, he was named South Australian of the Year in the Environment Category.
Examples of policy proposals that have been adopted by government and resulting directly from research that he has led include · The total reform of water pastoral land leasing arrangements in Australia’s Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales;· The reform of kangaroo harvesting licensing arrangements in New South Wales;· The conversion of fishery licenses into shares in New South Wales;· The shift in the focus of biodiversity protection policies in Australia to ones that involve the provision of incentives for the conservation of biodiversity on private land;· The unbundling of Australia’s water licences and the resultant development of an efficient trading system;· The Australian Government decision to transfer responsibility for the administration of the Murray Darling Basin’s water resources to an independent expertise-based authority.
Brad holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He also received his MBA and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. in economics and history from Michigan State University. Brad is on the board of California Coastal Rural Development Corporation, a lender to agriculture and small businesses, and of the board of the Grower Shipper Association Foundation. He is currently acting as CFO for GraniteCrete, Inc., a startup company in Carmel
Valley, California. Brad is on the board of California Coastal Rural Development Corporation, a lender to agriculture and small businesses, and of the board of the Grower Shipper Association Foundation. He is also a member of the Monterey Rotary Club.
During his earlier academic career, Brad was professor of marketing at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and director of the school’s Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Laboratory. He was on the faculty for twelve years, and director of the LEAD Laboratory for nine years. Brad holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He also received his MBA and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. in economics and history from Michigan State University.
Brad’s professional and consulting practice includes business model development, strategic planning, and organization development. In 2000, Brad founded and ran The Monterey Beverage Company, which became a regional distributor of over 50 brands of beer and soft drinks in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties in California. Prior to Monterey Beverage, Brad was a founding partner in Global Natural Brands, Ltd. Global was formed to undertake investments, acquisitions and mergers in the food and beverage industry, focusing on small-to-medium sized natural and organic manufacturers. During this time he also served as Vice President of Marketing for Organic Food Products, Inc. of Morgan Hill, California. He is currently acting as CFO for GraniteCrete, Inc., a startup company in Carmel Valley, California.
Brad’s current research projects the development of business plans for businesses at the bottom of the pyramid, best practices in new venture development, and he is currently compiling information for a text on entrepreneurship.
Brad’s career has spanned a wide variety of activities, including being a faculty member at a top business school, a company executive, founder of several businesses, and consultant. His forte is the development of innovative financial and strategic business models and building organizations to effectively execute those models.
Forrest Melton is a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay, and the NASA Ames Cooperative for Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST).He is the recipient of honor awards from NASA for his contributions to TOPS and NEX, and has been recognized for his work on applications of satellite data for water management with awards from the California Department of Water Resources and the Federal Labs Consortium.
Forrest Melton is a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay, and the NASA Ames Cooperative for Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST). Since 2003, he has worked in the Ecological Forecasting Lab at NASA Ames Research Center on the development of modeling and data assimilation frameworks including the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) and the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX). His research interests include ecosystem and carbon cycle modeling, and applications of satellite data and ecosystem models to improve management of natural resources. Forrest holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Earth Systems Science from Stanford University, and has authored numerous papers and book chapters on applications of remote sensing. He is the recipient of honor awards from NASA for his contributions to TOPS and NEX, and has been recognized for his work on applications of satellite data for water management with awards from the California Department of Water Resources and the Federal Labs Consortium.