Peter H. Gleick
President and Co-Founder, Pacific Institute
Dr. Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and President of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.
Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003 for his work. In 2001, Gleick was dubbed a "visionary on the environment" by the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 1999, Gleick was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway and in 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and five books, including the biennial water report, The World's Water.
Gerald E. Galloway, Jr.
President, American Water Resources Association
In addition to his duties as President of the AWRA, Gerald Galloway is Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland and a visiting scholar at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering Institute for Water Resources. He has conducted two National Water Policy Dialogues in his presidency of the AWRA and is committed to furthering interdisciplinary approaches to problem- solving for water policy and resource issues.
Dr. Galloway received his bachelor's degree from West Point, has Master's degrees in engineering, public administration, and military art and science from Princeton, Penn State, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, respectively, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.
Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
In addition to his duties as Colorado Supreme Court Justice, Greg Hobbs also serves as vice president of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and as co-convener of Dividing the Waters, a western water judges' educational project, Before his appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1996, Hobbs practiced law for 25 years, specializing in water, environment, land use, and transportation. During this period, he helped to form the natural resources section of the Colorado Attorney General's Office and served as general counsel to the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, majoring in history, and from Boalt Hall, the law school of the University of California at Berkeley.
Before beginning his legal career, Hobbs taught sixth grade in New York City and served with the Peace Corps in South America in an educational television program for elementary schools. He taught environmental law at the University of Denver for five years while in private law practice. He is the author of In Praise of Fair Colorado, The Practice of Poetry, History, and Judging (Bradford Publishing Co., 2004) and Colorado, Mother of Rivers: Water Poems (Colorado Foundation for Water Education, 2005).
William M. Alley
Chief, USGS Office of Ground Water
Dr. William M. Alley has been with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1976 and currently serves as Chief of the USGS Office of Ground Water. He received a B.S. in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, an M.S. in hydrogeology from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Alley has published over 80 scientific publications, including Regional Ground-Water Quality (Wiley, 1993). He has served on national and international committees for the American Geophysical Union, National Ground Water Association (NGWA), UNESCO, and the National Research Council. Dr. Alley received the NGWA John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award in 2001, the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Interior in 2002, the Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communication in 2006, and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2006.
Grady Gammage, Jr.
Senior Research Fellow, Morrison Institute, Arizona State University
Grady Gammage Jr. is a Phoenix attorney and founder of Gammage & Burnham. He is also a senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute, and an adjunct professor at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and the College of Law, where he teaches classes on land use regulation, property and historic preservation planning.
Mr. Gammage represents real estate development projects such as master-planned communities, high-rise buildings, regional shopping centers and sprawling tracts of subdivisions. He was instrumental in structuring Arizona's innovative Urban Lands Act, which allowed State Trust lands to be released for private development.
Mr. Gammage served as a board member of the Central Arizona Project, which brings Colorado River water to central Arizona. The CAP represents Arizona's largest source of renewable water supplies. Mr. Gammage was President of the Board from 1994-1998, during which time the CAP negotiated a far-reaching settlement with the federal government about the construction and operation of the canal. His term on the CAP Board expired at the end of 2004. Gammage also served on former Gov. Jane Hull's Water Management Commission, and is a past member of the Arizona Water Bank. His book, Phoenix in Perspective: Reflections on Developing the Desert, was published by the Herberger Institute on Design Excellence in 1999.
State Director, Arizona Chapter, The Nature Conservancy
Pat Graham joined The Nature Conservancy as State Director for the Arizona chapter in July 2001. As executive director of overall conservation activities, he leads the Conservancy's statewide staff and programs to conserve Arizona's natural diversity, working in conjunction with interested citizens, agencies, and landowners. The Conservancy goals are to create a more secure and sustainable water future for Arizona, creating a network of protected areas for the benefit of people and nature and restoring the health of our lands and waters.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Graham served in a variety of leadership positions for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Montana from 1977 to 2000. In 1993 he was named Director of the department by then- Governor Marc Racicot. In addition to his role as head of Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks, he was selected president of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 1994 and president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2000.
Graham holds degrees in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University and the University of Idaho.
Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Michelle Henrie is lawyer practicing with the Denver-based firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its Albuquerque office. She practices in the areas of real estate development, water law, land use, planning and zoning, appeals, administrative law and local government, and environmental law and natural resources. She has represented clients before administrative bodies throughout New Mexico as well as in state and federal court.
Henrie's law degree is from Vermont Law School. She also hold a B.A. from Utah State University and a master's from the University of Chicago. She received a Vision Award from the New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties for work on the Albuquerque Business Water Task Force and was rated #1 by Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers in Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries (Water Supply Litigation) in 2006. She also serves as an associate editor for IMPACT, the news magazine of the American Water Resources Association.
Commissioner, Bureau of ReclamationRobert Johnson assumed his position as the 20th commissioner of Reclamation in October 2006, having served in numerous leadership positions within the Bureau for over 30 years. Most recently he served as director for the Lower Colorado region, where he oversaw the management of the lower 700 miles of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam, and numerous projects in the Lower Basin states. His accomplishments included initiating the first water sharing agreements between California, Arizona, and Nevada, and creating the first water supply guidelines to help reduce California's reliance on Colorado River water. He also helped to develop and implement the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, a comprehensive, multi-agency effort to protect and recover endangered species and maintain wildlife habitat on the lower Colorado River. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where he earned a master's degree in agriculture and resource economics.
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Mike Hightower is a Distinguished Member of the Technical staff in the Energy Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories. He is a civil and environmental engineer with more than 25 years experience with research and development projects, including structural and geomechanics research in support of space and weapons systems, research and evaluation of innovative environmental technologies for industrial and nuclear waste treatment and cleanup, and security and protection of critical infrastructures. Currently Hightower supports research and development projects addressing water and energy resource sustainability and water and energy infrastructure security and protection. These efforts include developing new water treatment and water monitoring technologies, developing models and techniques to improve water resource use and management, desalination and produced water treatment, impact of water availability on energy security and reliability, and water, electric power, and natural gas infrastructure security and protection. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.
Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis
Dr. Jeff Loux manages the Land Use and Natural Resources Program for UC Davis Extension, and also serves as an adjunct faculty member in Landscape Architecture and as mediator for the Sacramento Regional Water Forum. The Water Forum is an award-winning 40-member stakeholder collaborative that has developed and is implementing a plan to balance water supply needs form the American River watershed with protection and enhancement of the aquatic resources and fisheries of the river through the year 2030. As mediator for this group, Loux was invited to participate in the 6th Annual Global Conference on Reinventing Government in Seoul, South Korea.
Loux's primary research focus has been in the arena of water policy in California and the interaction between land use changes and water resources. His recent work, including a book, Water and Land Use: Planning Wisely for California's Future (Solano Press, 2004), focuses on water supply and demand planning; watershed management; water policy futures for California, use of innovative storm water management techniques to conserve water and improve water quality and alternate approaches to securing additional water supplies that are sustainable and result in minimal environmental effects.
In addition, Loux has worked as a practicing environmental and urban planner and designer in the private and public sectors, and has authored over 100 community plans.
Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission
Commissioner Kris Mayes, a native of Prescott, Arizona, was appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission in October 2003 and re-elected in 2006. Since her appointment to the Corporation Commission, Mayes has devoted much of her time to pipeline safety, renewable energy and natural gas issues.
Mayes served as editor-in-chief of State Press, ASU's college newspaper, and has worked as a reporter for The Phoenix Gazette and The Arizona Republic, where she covered the 2000 presidential campaigns of Sen. John McCain, former Vice President Dan Quayle, publisher Steve Forbes and then-Governor George W. Bush. During this time Mayes co-authored a book, Spin Priests: Campaign Advisors and the 2000 Race for the White House.
Ms. Mayes was valedictorian of her class at Arizona State University, majoring in political science, and earned a master's of public administration degree from Columbia University, focusing on electric deregulation, and a J.D. from ASU College of Law.
Director, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, University of Arizona
As the director of ISPE and professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona, Jonathan Overpeck is working to help foster a new paradigm of interdisciplinary knowledge creation between physical, biological, and social scientists-all with a goal of serving the environmental needs of society in a more effective manner.
Dr. Overpeck's research focuses on global change dynamics, with a major component aimed at understanding how and why key climate systems vary on timescales longer than seasons and years. Current work focuses on the Asian and West African Monsoon systems, tropical Atlantic variability, and El Niño-Southern Oscillation dynamics. He was a contributing author to a report issued in February 2007 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the links between human activity and climate change. Overpeck has a Ph.D. from Brown University.
Jerome Delli Priscoli
Institute for Water Resources, Army Corps of Engineers
Jerome Delli Priscoli is the senior advisor on international water issues at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources. He is a principal advocate of the Corps' transformation toward open administration and advocacy of environmental ethics. He is a skilled mediator and facilitator who is recognized as a world leader in conflict management, water resources, and security. He facilitated or mediated several of the important international water resources forums of the last decade and played pivotal roles in the four World Water Forums.
Dr. Delli Priscoli has worked extensively with the World Bank, UNESCO, WHO, and many other international organizations and has been involved in several multilateral negotiations concerning water resources on every continent. Dr. Delli Priscoli holds bachelor's degrees from Tufts University in economics and political science and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in political science.
Lester A. Snow
Director, California Dept. of Water Resources
Lester A. Snow was appointed Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2004. As DWR Director, Snow heads a department charged with protecting, conserving, and managing California's water supply, including operation of the California State Water Project, the largest state-run, multi-purpose water and power system in the nation. It provides water for 23 million Californians and about 750,000 acres of irrigated farmland.
Snow's previous experience includes a term as executive director of CALFED, now the California Bay-Delta Authority, a coalition of state and federal agencies working to remediate the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He left CALFED to become regional director for the Bureau of Reclamation, where he led operations of the federal Central Valley Project in California. Before heading CALFED, Snow dealt with Colorado River water issues in his positions as general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority and Tucson area director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Snow earned a master's degree in water resources administration at the University of Arizona and a B.S. in earth sciences from Pennsylvania State University.