Dr. Peter Gleick
Sam Liccardo, Mayor
City of San José
► forge a historic pension reform agreement with 11 unions that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades, including more than $43 million this year;
► launch “San José Works,” providing summer and year-round jobs to more than 2,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods;
► find more innovative ways to reduce homelessness—from rehabilitating decaying motels, to expanding work-first programs, to building “tiny home” villages—while housing more than 1,000 homeless veterans;
► make Mineta San José International the fastest-growing major airport in the nation for two consecutive years, with seven new international flights and more than 30 new domestic flights;
► create after-school learning programs (“San Jose Learns”) and coding and computer science programs (“5K Coding Challenge”) for thousands of children in low-income families, while expanding library services and hours in every neighborhood;
► facilitate the most successful period of tech expansion in San José’s history, by:
▻ ► landing major investments from corporate titans like Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Micron, and Microsoft;
▻ ► luring fast-growing innovators such as Okta, Splunk, SuperMicro, and WeWork, and
▻ ► enabling expansions of industry leaders like Adobe, Broadcom, Western Digital, and Zoom.
► concurrently lift the minimum wage among a half-dozen Silicon Valley cities, to $15 per hour by 2019;
► rebuild the San Jose Police Department, adding more than 200 officers in 20 months, while implementing data and technology—ranging from body-worn cameras to data analytics—to improve policing;
► make San José the nation’s largest city to implement its own “Community Choice Energy” program, offering residents and businesses the option to power their homes and facilities with renewable energy sources, at cost-competitive rates starting in 2019;
► make San José a climate leader by adopting one of the first Paris Agreement-aligned sustainability plan’s in the country, with bold climate goals that will transform San José into a more inclusive, and equitable city;
► spark Downtown’s revitalization, using fee reductions and accelerated permit approvals to fill empty storefronts with restaurants and amenities, expand co-working space, build thousands of high-rise apartments, invigorate public spaces, and lure key tech employers;
► create a “San Jose College Promise” with San Jose City, Evergreen, and West Valley Colleges to eliminate the cost of tuition, fees, and books for 1,600 low-income students;
► pass three voter-approved ballot measures that will bring Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose in 2019, expand light rail in East San Jose, and recast Downtown’s Diridon Station into the region’s “Grand Central Station”;
► launch “#BeautifySJ,” to enable residents to reclaim their city from blight, using such new programs as free junk pickup service, a MySanJose smartphone app to report blight, neighborhood beautification grants, and enhanced response to dumping and abandoned cars;
► protect open space and undeveloped hillside from sprawling development, with the help of an environmental coalition that was outspent on its ballot measure by $6 million;
► craft San Jose’s “Smart City Vision,” forging partnerships with the tech community to leverage technology and data to improve safety and services, with the ambition of making San José the most innovative city in America.
In 2018, Sam was re-elected to a second term, with 76% of the vote.
In Sam’s prior public service, he prosecuted a range of felony cases as a federal and local criminal prosecutor, from sexual assault and child exploitation to international narcotrafficking. In 2006, voters elected Sam to the first of his two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize its downtown, preserve San José’s hillsides and open space, boost funding for affordable housing, and open a world-class soccer stadium for the San José Earthquakes. He served as a founding board member of Cristo Rey San Jose High School, an innovative Jesuit school that propels students from low-income immigrant families to college and beyond.
Sam serves on a number of boards, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Valley Transit Authority (twice as Chairperson), and serves as co-chair for Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, and is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Sam graduated from San José’s Bellarmine College Prep and from Georgetown University, where he was captain of the heavyweight Crew. He received a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Sam and his wife, Jessica, live in the Northside neighborhood, north of Downtown, within blocks of Jessica’s childhood home, where Sam’s father also grew up, and where Sam’s grandparents operated a neighborhood grocery store. Sam descended from Sicilian and Irish immigrants, as well as from the first Mexican settlers in the Bay Area.
Dave Pine, Board of Supervisors
San Mateo County
As a board member for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the SF Bay Restoration Authority, and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, Supervisor Pine has worked extensively on the intersecting issues of flood control, sea level rise and tidal land restoration. He is also the founding chair of the Peninsula Clean Energy Authority and serves on the boards of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley.
Supervisor Pine previously was a school board member for the Burlingame School District from 2003 to 2007 and the San Mateo Union High School District from 2007 to 2011. He is also a past president of theSan Mateo County School Boards Association.
Before focusing his career on public service, Pine worked as an attorney representing start-up and high-growth technology companies. After working in private practice with Fenwick & West, he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Radius, Excite@Home, and Handspring.
Originally from New Hampshire, Pine is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was awarded aHarry S. Truman scholarship and was elected, at age 19, to the New Hampshire State House of Representatives. Following his undergraduate studies Pine earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.
|Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Rains to Bay|
|Mitchell Park Community Center Wednesday, May 29th, 2019|
|11:30 pm||Registration opens at 11:30am|
|El Palo Alto Room|
|12:00 pm||Welcomes SSV Executive Director Jennifer Thompson & Water Director Dennis Murphy|
|12:10 pm||A WaterSide Chat San José Mayor Sam Liccardo in conversation with San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine|
|12:45 pm||Lunch Break|
|El Palo Alto Room||Adobe Room|
|1:15 pm||Real Estate Roundtable: The Customer Perspective Amanda von Almen, Salesforce Lauren Swezey, Facebook Newsha Ajami, Stanford Water in the West, Moderator||Reports from the Fields: A Watershed View Kellyx Nelson, San Mateo RCD Theresa Lyngso, Lyngso Garden Materials Chad Sutton, Gachina Landscape Management Pedro Hernandez, City of San José, Moderator|
|2:00 pm||Working the One Water Future Paula Kehoe, SFPUC Barbara Keegan, Valley Water Taylor Chang, SFPUC Afshin Rouhani, Valley Water Robert Whitley, West Yost, Moderator||Stormy Waters, City Leaks & the the AgriHood Sandy Robertson, Stanford Civil Engineering Matt Fabry, C/CAG Danielle McPherson, WaterNow Alliance Pedro Hernandez, City of San José, Moderator|
|2:45 pm||Networking Break|
|El Palo Alto Room||Adobe Room|
|3:00 pm||Designing w/Water Robin Grossinger, SFEI Zach Gallagher, Natural Systems Utilities Peter Haase, Fall Creek Engineering Josiah Cain, Sherwood Engineering, Moderator||Utility Vehicles: Model your Ordinance, AMI Usage Karen Koppett, Valley Water David Siddiqui, Green Evolution Tom Francis, BAWSCA Pedro Hernandez, City of San José, Moderator|
|3:45 pm||H2O AI: Water Tech Review Valentino Villa, Bioforcetech Meena Sankaran, Ketos Jeff Pringle, Orenco Systems Gary Kremen, Valley Water, Moderator||Wastewater Perspectives: The End is Nigh! Teresa Herrera, Silicon Valley Clean Water Hossein Ashktorab, Valley Water Karin North, City of Palo Alto Sebastien Tilmans, Stanford’s CR2C, Moderator|
|4:30 pm||Networking Break|
|El Palo Alto Room|
|4:45 pm||Quick Pitches Two-minutes on the most interesting products & services|
|5:15 pm||Dr. Peter Gleick California’s Water Future: Getting from Here to There|
|6:00 pm||Wine & Beer Reception|
Join over 150 water leaders and decision makers from across the water cycle, representing state and local governments, agencies, institutional users, engineering and service providers. Together, we’ll share project experiences, insights and visions for a more resilient and prosperous Bay Area.
Rains to Bay will start off with San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine “in conversation” about regional water issues and the proactive county-wide approaches to managing them.
Our interactive sessions will explore topics ranging from customer perspectives, onsite reuse strategies, nature-based water design, new technologies and utility initiatives , AMI, leak detecting, soils, stormwater, wastewater, two-minute pitches, and more.
Keynote speaker Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute will speak on “Envisioning California’s Water Future: Getting from Here to There.” California can move to a sustainable water future. Dr. Peter Gleick will describe such a future vision, where our fights over water have ended, our farms, fish, and cities use water efficiently and sustainably, and where we offer a model for the rest of the world.
- Dr. Peter Gleick, President Emeritus, Pacific Institute
- Dave Pine, Supervisor, San Mateo County
- Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San José
- Gary Kremen, Director, Valley Water (SCVWD)
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
- Barbara Keegan, Director, Valley Water (SCVWD)
- Lauren Swezey, Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager, Facebook
- Amanda von Almen, Global Manager, Sustainable Built Environment, Salesforce
- Taylor Chang, Water Resource Expert, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
- Robert Whitley, PE, Principal, West Yost Associates
- Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West; Senior Research Associate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
- Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI); Co-Director, Resilient Landscapes Program
- Peter Haase, PE, Principal Engineer, Fall Creek Engineering/Sherwood
- Zach Gallagher, PE, Executive Vice President, Natural Systems Utilities
- Josiah Cain, Director of Innovation, Sherwood Engineering
- Valentino Villa, COO, Bioforcetech Corporation
- Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director, San Mateo Resource Conservation District
- Terry Lyngso, Owner, Lyngso Garden Materials
- Chad Sutton, Water Resource Manager, Gachina Landscape Management
- Sandy Robertson, Sr Research Engineer, Stanford University
- Matt Fabry, Water Pollution Prevention Program Coordinator, C/CAG
- Danielle McPherson, Water Resource Specialist/Project Manager, WaterNow Alliance
- Pedro Hernandez, Water Efficiency Coordinator, City of San José
- Karen Koppett, Senior Water Conservation Specialist, Valley Water
- David Siddiqui, CEO, Green Evolution
- Tom Francis, Water Resources Manager, Bay Area Water Supply And Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
- Teresa Herrera, Plant Manager, Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW)
- Hossein Ashktorab, Manager, Purified and Recycled Water, Valley Water
- Karin North, Watershed Protection Manager, City of Palo Alto
- Sebastien Tilmans, Director of Operations, Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center
- Jeff Pringle, Account Manager, Orenco Systems
- Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO, Ketos
- Matt Fabry, Water Pollution Prevention Program Coordinator, C/CAG
Newsha Ajami, PhD
Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West; Senior Research Associate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Dr. Ajami is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, coauthored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times and the Sacramento Bee. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the UC, Irvine, an M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.
Water Resource Manager
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Water Resource Manager
Santa Clara Valley Water District
efficient technologies. She also develops sustainable water supply strategies such as stormwater capture and reuse. Dr. Bijoor was previously a National Science Foundation Fellow at NASA Ames where she identified causes and locations of urban water use inefficiencies. She also enforced water quality at the U.S. EPA and was a Luce Fellow at Peking University. Dr. Bijoor has published several peer-reviewed
articles related to water conservation, climate change, and sustainability, and is a contributor to the book, “The Water-Sustainable City: Science, Policy and Practice.” She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Geochemistry and earned her Ph.D. from UC Irvine in Earth System
Director of Innovation
Sherwood Design Engineers
Water Resource Expert, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
She manages San Francisco’s Non-potable Water Program and provides technical assistance to projects that are installing onsite non-potable water systems.
Manager, San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program
Water Resources Manager, Bay Area Water Supply And Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
(BAWSCA), comprising 26 utilities that purchase water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for resale to their local service areas. BAWSCA represents its members’ collective interests in their relationship with the SFPUC on water supply, system operations and reliability matters.
Mr. Francis directs BAWSCA’s water supply management efforts including water reliability planning, supply acquisition and water conservation. He also is responsible for overseeing the SFPUC’s $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) on behalf of the BAWSCA agencies.
Prior to working for BAWSCA, Mr. Francis worked as a Senior Engineer for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) where he was responsible for the development of new sources of water supply.
Mr. Francis has a BS in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University, an MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Emory University.
Zach F. Gallagher
PE, Executive Vice President
Natural Systems Utilities
Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI); Co-Director, Resilient Landscapes Program
Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where he co-directs SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program. For over twenty years, Robin has analyzed how California landscapes have changed since European contact, using these data to guide landscape-scale restoration strategies. Robin leads efforts throughout the state to reintegrate natural processes within our highly modified landscapes, creating healthier and more adaptive neighborhoods, cities, and surrounding landscapes. He has advised restoration strategies for San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, urban landscapes such as the Google campus, and rivers throughout California.
Robin’s publications include the Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas (University of California Press 2012) and his work has been featured by NPR, KQED’s QUEST, Saving the Bay, and The New York Times. Robin has been recognized with the Carla Bard Bay Education Award from The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay a Local Hero award from Bay Nature magazine.
PE, Principal Engineer
Fall Creek Engineering
Peter Haase, P.E., is a Principal Engineer with Fall Creek Engineering, Inc. (FCE) and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer for Acqualogic, Inc. (AQL). Peter is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California with over 31 years of professional experience in the field of civil, environmental, and water resources engineering and international development in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. In his positions at FCE and AQL, Peter directs the design, construction and servicing of various decentralized water and wastewater treatment projects in California and internationally. Over the past few years Peter has consulted with the MASS Design Group and Partners in Health to develop appropriate water and wastewater treatment solutions for healthcare facilities in Liberia, Rwanda and Haiti. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Engineering, and an M.S. degree in Environmental Systems.
Water Efficiency Coordinator
City of San José
Plant Manager, Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW)
Teresa is excited about the forward-thinking position SVCW takes on its primary responsibility to protect public health and the environment. SVCW approaches its core mission with focus on sustainability and efficiency to meet its obligations. SVCW is known in the wastewater field as forward-thinking and using public-private partnerships to further its goals.
Teresa received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Following graduation in 1988, Teresa joined the consulting firm of Whitley Burchett & Associates. She served as president of the company from 2001 to 2008. WBA served many public agencies throughout Northern California acting as District Engineer, Program Managers and Project Managers for both large and small wastewater agency facilities.
Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Barbara is a third generation Civil Engineer and has lived in Canada, Ireland, the United States and Brazil. She attended San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering. Barbara is a licensed Civil Engineer.
Barbara has a strong professional background in Civil Engineering which includes many years of experience in successfully delivering capital projects and resolving construction disputes. She was the second woman engineer to be hired by the City of San Jose’s Public Works Department where she worked for 19 years and rose to the level of Division Manager. Her Division was the largest in the Department and she directly supervised over 100 employees.
Subsequently Barbara became the City Engineer/Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Sunnyvale. Barbara represented Sunnyvale on the Cities/County/Water District collaborative that dealt with land use authority adjacent to streams. The last two years of her career were spent at the Water District.
In addition to serving on the Water District Board, Barbara also serves on the Boards of the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and the San Jose Arena Authority.
Director of Water Resources, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
Senior Water Conservation Specialist, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Science Degree from San Jose State University in Environmental Studies.
Director, Valley Water (SCVWD)
Gary was the incubator, founding investor, and Chairman of the county’s leading water conservation company, WaterSmart Software. WaterSmart produces the Home Water Report, which helps water users save an average of 5% of their water usage by giving personal, easy-to-follow recommendations. The company has saved over 1 billion gallons of water to date.
Coming from a background as an engineer and advisor to several startup solar, water, energy management and general sustainability firms, Gary recognizes that clean technology innovation can be used to tackle issues affecting the Santa Clara Valley Water District, such as drought and water management.
Education and sustainability are Gary’s dedicated passions. He teaches a graduate level energy policy course at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN), is a member of the University of California at Merced Foundation Board, and is an advisor, grant proposal evaluator, and judge at Stanford’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy. He is also a long-time volunteer, judge and mentor at the leading water non-profit, Imagine H2O.
In addition to being elected as the 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Gary has also served as President of the Board of Directors of Purissima Hill Water District and as the Secretary of the Water Conservation Committee for Los Altos Hills. He was appointed as a member of the Proposition 39, California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizen’s Oversight Board.
Lyngso Garden Materials
Water Resource Specialist/Project Manager, WaterNow Alliance
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Executive Director at San Mateo Resource Conservation District
Watershed Protection Manager
City of Palo Alto
Sr Research Engineer
Engineering Unit Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Afshin holds Bachelors and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering (water resources focus) from San Jose State University.
Founder & CEO, Ketos
Meena is the Founder and Executive Director of PRERNA, an all-volunteer, all women-led 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on empowering refugees across all ethnicities and faiths on arrival in the US to help lead sustainable lives. Meena is also the Founder of the W.IN.S (Women INner Strength), a women empowerment group that has organically grown and is soaring with over 500+ members. The W.I.N.S Lean In Group inspires women to focus on their inner strength to achieve their highest potential without limiting their identity to only their careers. She is a board member across several startups advising and mentoring entrepreneurs, delivering entrepreneurial workshops in Universities and was most recently invited to speak at a UN panel on SDG #6 during the High-Level Political Forum summit amongst other engagements.
She has been highlighted by Forbes as one of eight Awe-Inspiring Women Founders to Applaud on her non-profit effort work towards refugees. She was chosen by Nasdaq as one of the 2017 Milestone makers and most recently selected as a Leadership in Tech 2019 Fellow. KETOS has also won several awards for its innovation both across India & US including the 1st Prize at the World Open Innovation Conference for being a startup disruptor.
Chief Executive Officer
Green Evolution LLC
Water Resource Manager
Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager, Facebook
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Director of Operations, Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center
COO, Bioforcetech Corp
After a few years of entrepreneurial experience in Italy, in 2012 Valentino Villa co-founded Bioforcetech Corporation, a US based company. In 2013 he moved to Redwood City, CA and started working as CFO of Bioforcetech Corp.
In 2017 Valentino Villa transitioned to the role of COO, overseeing and managing operations and projects.
Amanda von Almen
Global Manager, Sustainable Built Environment @Salesforce
PE, Principal, West Yost Associates
As a practicing engineer for more than 50 years, he has become one of California’s leading experts on recycled water and is one of the founding directors for the WateReuse Association and WateReuse Foundation. He has been a Principal at West Yost Associates since it acquired Whitley Burchett and Associates earlier this year. He was Senior Vice President and Chairman of the Board for Whitley Burchett for 32 years.
Networking opportunities with registered attendees including:
- Valley Water
- Acqualogic dba Kanso
- CA – DOT
- California Public Utilities Commission
- California Water Service Company
- Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge
- Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
- City of Burlingame
- City of Lafayette Councilmember
- City of Morgan Hill
- City of Palo Alto
- City of Santa Clara Planning Commission
- Committee for Green Foothills
- County of San Mateo
- County of Santa Clara
- Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
- Geosyntec Consultants
- Global Mosaic
- Google LLC
- Grassroots Ecology
- Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
- MNS Engineers, Inc.
- Orenco Systems
- Pacific Forest Trust
- Portola Valley Sustainability Committee
- San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
- San Jose ESD Muni Water Services
- Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
- Sierra Club
- Silicon Valley Clean Water
- Space Science Institute
- Stanford University
- Strategic Energy Innovations
- Supervisor Pine’s Office
- Town of Hillsborough
- Town of Portola Valley
- US-China Green Energy Council
- WaterSmart Software
- Woodard and Curran
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