Director of Enterprise Strategies | Cityworks Azteca Systems President | Water Finance Research Foundation
Greg Baird is director of enterprise strategies for Cityworks Azteca Systems LLC. He is also president of the Water Finance Research Foundation. Baird 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.
Program Manager | Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, U.S. EPA
Sonia Brubaker serves as a program manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center. In this capacity, she works to promote leading edge financing and increased resiliency to meeting sustainable water infrastructure needs. She has a master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University and a bachelor’s in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech.
Visiting Scholar | Environmental Law Institute
Michael Curley is a lawyer who has spent the majority of his career in project finance and the last 25 years in energy and environmental finance. He joined the Environmental Law Institute as a visiting scholar in 2013. He is the author of Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment, published by Taylor & Francis in 2014. In 1990, Curley was appointed to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board at the U.S. EPA, where he served for 21 years under four presidents. Over the past 20 years, he has taught environmental and energy finance and law courses at the Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University as well as Vermont Law School. He founded the Environmental Finance Centers at the University of Maryland, Syracuse University and Cleveland State University.
Executive Director | National Association of Water Companies
Michael Deane is 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.
Communications/Community Relations Manager | Veolia Water Milwaukee
Chief Executive Officer | 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. Krantz manages an unparalleled team in Washington, D.C., that 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.
Deputy Director of Finance | Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Mickie Pearsall is the Deputy Director of Finance for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in Milwaukee, WI. She has worked for MMSD for 15 years, starting as a Budget Analyst and becoming Budget Manager. Her role in the organization focuses on a variety of long-term initiatives involving energy related contracts and public-private partnership contracts. Prior to MMSD, Mickie spent several years analyzing business operations and implementing quality systems in contract operators from the State of Wisconsin. Mickie received a B.S. and a M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served two terms on the Government Finance Officers Association Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy.
Water Marketing Specialist | Milwaukee Water Works
Rosalind Rouse coordinated internal and external communications for the Milwaukee Water Works, 2016 Water Research Foundation 2016 Outstanding Subscriber and Wisconsin’s oldest and largest water utility. She serves as liaison with economic development agencies for business retention and expansion, and is a founding member of the Water Council. Her consumer education programs have consistently been honored for effectiveness. A member of the American Water Works Public Affairs Council, she chairs its Consumer Outreach and Water Landmarks Committees. Rouse was honored in 2015 for distinguished service to the Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works Association. Prior to joining the water community in 2003, Rouse enjoyed a career in news and public relations, serving as Wisconsin State Editor for United Press International.