Spring Water Symposium: Resilience and Reuse
Speakers and Presentations
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency
Andree Johnson is Sr. Water Resources Engineer for the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), provides regional water supply planning, resource development, and conservation program services for 26 cities, water districts, and private utilities in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda County. Ms. Johnson manages the development and implementation of BAWSCA’s fifteen regional water conservation programs. She also oversees the database that serves as the repository for all member agency information related to conservation and prepares the BAWSCA Annual Survey and Annual Water Conservation Report. She supports BAWSCA’s technical and policy-level work and coordinates with the BAWSCA agencies, local and state agencies, and the public to achieve regional compliance with legislative and contractual requirements. Ms. Johnson joined BAWSCA in September 2013. Previously, she was the Principal Water Resources Manager at Richard Brady & Associates where she completed a variety of water resources projects. She has Bachelors in Geography/Environmental Studies from the University of California – Los Angeles.
P.E., M.S.C.E Chair
Santa Clara Valley Water District Board
Barbara Keegan 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. She is a licensed Civil Engineer. Ms. Keegan 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. Subsequently, Ms. Keegan became the City Engineer/Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Sunnyvale. The last two years of her engineering career were spent at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Nexus eWater Inc.
Bob Hitchner is Chief Sales & Marketing Officer (CSMO) for San Diego-based Nexus eWater Inc., the first company to launch a practical solution for home water and energy recycling. Following rooftop solar, Nexus’ Home Water & Energy Recycler again demonstrates the power of decentralized solutions to address our resource challenges. Nexus has launched the first residential greywater treatment solution to meet rigorous California Building Code requirements. Nexus eWater was recognized in March by the White House Water Summit for its partnership with the 11,000-home River Islands development in Lathrop, CA Nexus eWater was founded in Canberra, Australia in 2009 and relocated its headquarters to California in 2014. Bob previously held senior sales and marketing positions for gas tankless water heating at Noritz America and Rheem Manufacturing. Through extended living in Japan, Bob has developed a keen appreciation for the interplay of culture and technology, and the human capacity to adapt. He believes that California is entering an era of fast-paced lifestyle innovation and adaptation driven by technology and our altered view of each individual’s planetary impact. Bob is originally from way Upstate New York and graduated in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Dennis is the Founding Chair of USGBC California, the state policy coalition of California chapters, and a long-time Northern California Chapter board member. He is a passionate advocate for a “new normal” sustainable market economy built upon transparent and prevalent data. He heads EndtoEnd Strategies, a market and business development consultancy.
Henry Russell (Russ) Drinker
M Moser Associates and SSV Board Member
Henry Russell (Russ) Drinker is an architect with over 30 years of experience as a practice leader for global design firms with an emphasis on sustainable design. Russ is the Global Director of Architecture and Sustainability for M Moser Associates, a design firm based in Hong Kong with 15 offices worldwide. His portfolio is notable for its internationally recognized research and academic campuses. Russ has been identified as one of the 101 Leaders in Sustainable City-Making and Theory and is also a Founding Member of the U.S. Resiliency Council, a SPUR Water and Climate Policy Board Member and an Advisory Board Member of Cleantech Global. He is a licensed architect in California and obtained his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and Master’s Degree in Architecture from Columbia University.
Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce
John Horner graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Although his first post-college job was at Advanced Micro Devices, he quickly caught “start-up” fever and worked in jobs of increasing responsibility during the pre- and post-IPO phases at Cypress Semiconductor, Semiconductor Test Solutions (later renamed Credence) and Ross Technology. After Ross’ successful IPO, he became a small business owner at Thinker Toys Inc, assisted start-ups through the South Valley Angels group and then became involved with the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Horner enjoys working to move the community forward.
Joe Vesey leads Xylem’s Marketing function, focusing on the unique needs of customers in specific industry verticals, expanding digital marketing efforts, building commercial excellence and further developing the company’s key account management capabilities. Joe is also the executive champion for Xylem’s integrated IT efforts to accelerate commercial excellence. In addition, he also leads the external communications team, including Global Public Affairs and Branding, as well as leadership of the Xylem Watermark program and corporate citizenship activities. Vesey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University.
Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager
Lauren Bonar Swezey leads sustainability for Facebook Global Real Estate and Facilities where she directs healthy and sustainable building initiatives and renewable energy projects. She recently oversaw the development of the 9-acre green roof on Facebook’s new building designed by architect Frank Gehry, as well as a 1.2 mega watt solar project on the main campus. She also oversees water efficiency projects, such as the constructed drain and fill wetland planned for Facebook’s next buildings. Lauren began her career as a magazine journalist and transitioned into green building before coming to Facebook.
Newsha Ajami, PhD
Director of Urban Water Policy Water in the West, Stanford University
Newsha K. Ajami, is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy and financing, and the water-energy- food nexus. 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.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Paula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s water supply portfolio, including conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts. She worked for the SFPUC General Manager and assisted with the planning the $4.6 billion capital improvement program to rebuild the third largest water delivery system in California. She served as Public Education Director for the SFPUC’s Water Pollution Prevention Program receiving six state and national awards.
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.
Pete is a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built schools and learning centers in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems and Civil & Environmental Engineering, he is a speaker around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration, and he teaches several water related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont. With degrees in Biosystems and Civil & Environmental Engineering, he is a speaker around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration, and he teaches several water related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont.
Sebastien Tilmans, PhD
Director of Operations
Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford University
Dr. Sebastien Tilmans is the Director of Operations at the Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford University, a test-bed facility dedicated to accelerating the scale-up of innovative resource recovery systems. Prior to joining Stanford, he worked in the Process Engineering group at Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He has also designed and implemented several decentralized anaerobic wastewater treatment systems in Panama, and a waterless sanitation service in Haiti. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Cooper Union. He was a Fulbright scholar, an NDSEG fellow, and an EPA STAR fellow.
Sr. Program Manager
Tom Harrington is a global leader at Intuit focused on creating great work experiences though environmentally conscious programs that engage and delight employees. In his current role as Senior Program Manager within the Workplace organization, he oversees multiple programs including improving employees’ work commute while reducing the company’s carbon footprint, and water conservation engagement efforts that focus on drought-stricken regions where Intuit has a presence. He started and leads cross functional water advisory groups at five of Intuit’s campuses and has been active with the company’s grassroots Green Team for the last seven years. Tom brought the first fuel cell to Intuit and was instrumental in many of its solar installations across the U.S. Tom, a Certified Purchasing Manager and Process Excellence Black Belt, has more than 35 years of experience in roles at Synopsys, Southwestern Bell Communications, SRI International, Lockheed and Peterbilt Motors Company.