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May 17 - May 20, 2021

2021 CWA Virtual Spring Conference

The theme around this year's annual conference is Getting Back to Business Post-COVID

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Getting Back to Business Post-COVID

Please join us as we cover topics such as preparing for climate change, equitable community engagement and an update on the state legislative session.

California Water Association (CWA) is happy to announce registration is open for our 2021 Virtual Spring Conference which will take place on May 17-20 from 8:30 – 10:00 AM (PST) each day.


We plan to highlight some sessions and speakers in the coming weeks so please stay tuned. But until then, mark your calendars and register today!

Download the 2021 CWA Spring Conference Agenda.

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Event Details
May 17 - May 20, 2021
May 17, 2021 @ 8:30 am - May 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Conference Agenda

May 17

Preparing for Change: Forecasting Water Demand

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Co-Moderator: Joel Reiker, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, San Gabriel Valley Water Company
  • Co-Moderator: Tim Guster, Vice President and General Counsel, , Great Oaks Water Company
  • David Mitchell, Principal, M.Cubed
  • Thomas Chestnut, CEO, A&N Technical Services
  • Sean de Guzman, Chief, Snow Surveys/Water Supply Forecasting, Department of Water Resources
  • Heather Cooley, Director of Research, Pacific Institute
  • Heather Dyer, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
May 18

Utility Affordability: The Academic Perspective

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Moderator: Catherine Sandoval, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • James Sallee, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Manny Teodoro, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • Dale Lehman, Professor of Business, Loras College, Center for Business Analytics
May 19

Principles into Practice: Equitable and Inclusive Communications

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Moderator: Juliet Christian Smith, Senior Program Officer, Water Foundation
  • Stephanie Green, Manager, Utility Supplier Diversity and Small Business and Community Outreach, CPUC
  • Adriana Renteria, Director, Office of Public Participation, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Keith Wallace, Project Manager, Department of Water Resources
  • Maria Elena Kennedy, Water Resources Consultant, Kennedy Communications
  • Kip Holley, Ohio State University, Equitable and Inclusive Civic Engagement
May 20

2021 Federal and State Legislative Sessions

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Moderator: Tami Miller, Partner, Political Solutions
  • Rik Hull, Executive Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs, National Association of Water Companies
  • Mary Kenkel, Principal, Alliance One Consult
  • Adam Quinonez, Director of State Legislative and Regulatory Relations, Association of California Water Agencies
  • Danielle Blacet, Deputy Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association
  • Kathy Viatella, Executive Legislative Representative, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Marlaigne Dumaine, Manager of Legislative Affairs, East Bay Municipal Utilities District
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Happy Hour

JOIN US MAY 17 - MAY 20!