President | Water Finance Research Foundation
Greg Baird is the president of the Water Finance Research Foundation. He specializes in long-term utility planning, infrastructure asset management and capital funding strategies for municipal utilities in the United States. He has served as a municipal finance officer in California with rate design and implementation experience and as the CFO of Colorado’s third-largest utility. He is widely published and presents on utility infrastructure asset management and integrated water finance issues. He is also a frequent contributor to Water Finance & Management.
Chief Financial Officer | DC Water
Matthew Brown has overall responsibility for DC Water’s financial management and policies, including: accounting operations and financial reporting; budget formulation and execution; program analysis and evaluation; treasury; controller; investment and debt management; and risk management. Brown previously served as the Director of the Office of Budget and Finance of the District of Columbia. Prior to his current position, he served as Director, Department of Transportation and as the Deputy Director for Resource Allocation for the District’s Department of Transportation, in addition to a variety of public sector management and budget positions for several large municipal government entities.
Vice President, Financial Services | Stantec
Andrew Burnham is a vice president of Stantec’s Financial Services practice and where he helps lead operations and business development activities for the group. Burnham and his team provide financial planning, cost allocation, fee development and feasibility studies necessary to support the funding of local government services. Recognized as an industry leader, Burnham has assisted with utility rate-related regulatory proceedings in multiple states and territories. He’s an active member of AWWA and an author and presenter for various organizations throughout the United States. Burnham’s passion for helping local governments to develop financial management plans directly contributes to life-sustaining infrastructure for his clients’ communities.
Michael Deane recently stepped down as the executive director of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the national organization representing private water operating companies. Before joining the NAWC in 2009, he was Associate Assistant Administrator for Water in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he played a key role in developing and implementing national water policy. Prior to EPA he served as an executive at several water management companies, including United Water – and its parent company, Suez – and the U.S. operations of Veolia, where he focused on innovative financing and infrastructure policy. Deane is a frequent contributor to Water Finance & Management.
Executive Vice President | Raftelis Financial Consultants
Rick Giardina, CPA, is an executive vice president with Raftelis Financial Consultants (RFC). He is a Certified Public Accountant and has more than 37 years of managerial and financial experience serving utilities in both the private and public sectors. He has completed financial planning and rate studies for some of the largest providers in the country and has served as an arbitrator and expert witness in a number of rate litigation matters.
Giardina is also currently the Chair of the AWWA Rates and Charges Committee and chaired the Editorial Committee and the working group that produced, in June of 2012, the Sixth Edition of the AWWA M1 Manual, Principles of Water Rates, Fees, and Charges.
CEO | National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Adam Krantz is CEO of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Prior to that, he was managing director of government and public affairs at NACWA, where he worked since 2001. NACWA advocates on behalf of the nation’s public clean water agencies on an array of regulatory, legislative and legal issues geared toward ensuring sustainable clean water agencies and a move toward the Utility of the Future. Prior to his positions at NACWA, Krantz was an associate editor/reporter at Inside Washington Publishers where his work focused on covering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Congress’s national water quality initiatives. Before entering the environmental arena, Krantz worked as an attorney in the Washington, D.C. law firm, Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky on litigation matters.
VP, Marketing & Business Development | WaterSmart Software
Jeff Lipton manages WaterSmart Software’s go-to-market strategy development and marketing campaign activities, along with sales operations support. Prior to WaterSmart, he managed channel development and regional field marketing for EnerNOC, an international leader in energy intelligence software and demand response solutions. He joined EnerNOC from Coyle Industries, where he pioneered the development of renewable distributed generation solar power systems for military, developing world and other off-grid electrical applications.
Director of Business Development | Echologics
John Marciszewski is Director of Business Development for Echologics. He is focused on innovative practices for buried infrastructure, with emphasis on capital efficiency, system resiliency, and water loss management. Marciszewski has 25 years of commercialization experience in high-tech, focusing on the water-energy nexus since 2005. He is also a founding Industrial Advisory Board member for the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management Center. John has a Master of Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.
Diane VanDe Hei
CEO | Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
Diane VanDe Hei is the CEO of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the organization representing the largest publicly-owned drinking water systems in the United States. AMWA’s membership serves more than 140 million Americans – from Alaska to Puerto Rico – with safe drinking water. AMWA is the nation’s only policy-making organization solely for metropolitan drinking water suppliers.