Featured Speakers

Karla Nemeth Director of the California Department of Water Resources.

Nemeth oversees the Department and its mission to manage and protect California’s water resources, working with other agencies in order to benefit the State’s people and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments. Nemeth worked at the California Natural Resources Agency as Governor Brown’s deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy since 2014. She was Bay Delta Conservation Plan project manager from 2009 to 2014. Nemeth was environmental and public affairs director for the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District from 2005 to 2009.
John Fleck  Author of "Water is for Fighting Over and other Myths about Water in the West" and Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program. Lunch Speaker on Thursday, March 22.

Mr. Fleck is also Professor of Practice in water policy and governance in the University of New Mexico’s Department of Economics and has been the Water Resources Program’s writer-in-residence since January 2015.
Betty Yee  California State Controller. Opening Plenary Speaker on Friday, March 23.

Ms. Yee was elected as the State Controller in November 2014, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization. Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion. Ms. Yee also serves on the Ceres Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize many of the world’s largest investors to advance global sustainability and take stronger action on climate change.



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