fbpx 2023 CWA Spring Conference - California Water Association

Join us during this year’s Spring Conference May 11-12, 2023 in Sacramento!

Registration Information

Registration Fee

  • CWA A & B Members – $300.00
  • CWA C & D Members – $150.00
  • Government Employee – $100.00
  • Student – $100.00
  • Industry Partners – $250.00
  • Non-members – $350.00

You must register by May 11, 2023.
Please have your method of payment ready when you register.
We also welcome all attendees to join us for a hosted reception at an offsite location on May 11 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Venue Information

California Water Association 2023 Spring Conference
The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
Sacramento, California
May 11 – 12, 2023

Hotel Information

The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
500 J Street
Sacramento, CA
Phone number: 1.916.545.7100
Hotel block available dates is CLOSED

Getting There

You can find the details on how to get to the venue on a local map.
Distance from airport to hotel: 10.2 miles. Get directions.
NOTE: If you have problems with links on this page or with making your hotel reservation, please send a message to contact@calwaterassn.com.


Download the 2023 CWA Spring Conference Agenda.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Opening Reception at Flatstick Pub, 630 K Street

Friday, May 12, 2023, Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

8:00 am: Welcome, Tim Guster, Vice President and General Counsel, Great Oaks Water Company, 1st Vice President, California Water Association

8:10 am: Opening Speaker Katie McCleary and Jennifer Edwards, Co-authors, How to Bridge The Gap

9:10 am: National Partnerships

Moderator: Rami Kahlon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, California Water Service

  • Renee Willette, Chief Strategy Officer, US Water Alliance
  • Rik Hull, Chief Operating Officer & Executive VP, Strategy & External Affairs, National Association
  • Regina Davis, Assistant Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners


10:05 am: Tribal Partnerships

Moderator: Ed Jackson, President, Liberty Utilities (CA), President, California Water Association

  • Tracy Stanhoff, President, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California
  • Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Policy Advisor, Department of Water Resources
  • Kenneth Holbrook, Tribal Liaison, California Public Utilities Commission

10:50 am: Regulatory Partnerships

Moderator: Carmelitha Bordelon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Suburban Water Systems

  • Darrin Polhemus, Deputy Director, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Terence Shia, Director for Water Division, California Public Utilities Commission

11:25 am: Diversity Partnerships

Moderator: Jeanette Diaz, Supplier Diversity and Procurement Manager, San Gabriel Valley Water

  • Debra Lucero, WELLo, Water Education for Latino Leaders
  • Russell Lowery, Executive Director, California African American Water Education Foundation
  • Meghan Roberts, Executive Director, The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment


1:05 pm: State Legislative Partnerships: Senator Angelique Ashby, Sacramento, CA

1:20 pm: Environmental Justice Partnerships

Moderator: Dawn White, Water Quality Manager, Golden State Water

  • Jennifer Clary, State Director, Clean Water Action
  • Justine Massey, Policy Manager & Attorney, Community Water Center
  • Michael Claiborne, Directing Attorney, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

2:05 pm: Non-Governmental Organization Partnerships

Moderator: Lauren James, Director, Communications, Suburban Water Systems

  • Tia Fleming, Executive Director, External Affairs, California Water Efficiency Partnership
  • Jennifer Bowles, Water Education Foundation
  • Ed Ossan, Director, Natural Resource Defense Council


3:00 pm: Educational Partnerships

Moderator: Justin Skarb, Vice President, Community & Government Affairs, California Water Service

  • Caitlin Peterson, Associate Director and Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Erik Porse, Director, California Institute for Water Resources
  • Greg Pierce, Co-Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI)  

3:45 pm: State Partnerships

Moderator: Kaitlyn Johnson, Policy Advisor, Political Solutions

  • Adam Quinonez, Director of State Legislative and Regulatory Relations, Association of California Water Agencies
  • Danielle Blacet, Deputy Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association
  • Sue Mosburg, Executive Director, American Water Works Association – CA NV
  • Karina Cervantes, Managing Director, California Association of Mutual Water Companies

Thank you to all our Sponsors