Team Member Bios
- East Bay Municipal Water District in California
- Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD)
- Sonoma County Water Agency (9 individual water agencies)
- City of Oceanside
- City of Santa Barbara
- Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) representing 28 agencies
- Jordan Valley Water District in Utah
- United Water in Idaho
- City of Cape Coral in Florida
- Palm Beach County in Florida
She also served as Project Manager for the 2010/2011 Urban Water Management Plans for South Tahoe Public Utilities and Suisun-Solano Water Authority, and a Water Conservation and Implementation Plan for San Luis Obispo County’s Los Osos Service Area.
Michelle is a seasoned conservation program designer in both the indoor and outdoor environments. Michelle has conducted over a hundred CII audits, which has given her hands-on experience with the equipment and program needs of California’s water customers. Her water audit experience includes facilities in Sonoma County, the City of Burlingame, University of California Santa Cruz, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator and Stanford University Campus, to name a few. Michelle is also an experienced trainer, having conducted in-person trainings for over 150 clients on the use of the DSS Model.
She is affiliated with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and is their immediate past chair of the Climate Change Committee, which she helped launch in 2008 and now has over 80 members nationwide. In March 2012, Michelle won the OASIS award from AWWA for her leadership for the Climate Change committee. In June 2012, Michelle was featured on the cover of the AWWA Opflow magazine. The Opflow article, written by the MWM Team, focused on including water conservation in the portfolio of future water options for utilities to allow sustainable water management. Michelle is currently working on conservation Master Plans for the City of Anaheim and City of Corona, both in California. Michelle has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from UC Davis.
Lisa was formerly Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the California Water Efficiency Partnership and previously staff as a Technical Adviser. Lisa has been the AWWA California-Nevada Section instructor for the Water Use Efficiency Practitioner workshops for exam preparation. She has completed more than 150 conservation and drought planning studies and takes an especially pragmatic approach given her over four years’ experience managing the Regional Water Authority’s Water Efficiency Program in the Sacramento region in Northern California. At RWA, Lisa helped the 22 water provider members fulfill best management practices for water conservation and was responsible for the daily management of a $2 million budget. Lisa has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis.
Chris recently completed a thirty-year water demand forecast for the wholesale customers of the Sonoma County Water Agency, which included working with nine different water utilities (seven individual water demand forecasting DSS Models). Water demand forecasts were prepared and adopted by the contractors and three levels of conservation program savings were evaluated. Chris has also developed a Water Audit Tool for commercial audits that is currently in use by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission staff. Chris is currently working on an iPad application for commercial water audits. His recent experience also includes the preparation of the demand forecasts and conservation program updates for the City of Santa Barbara, City of Oceanside, Marin Municipal Water District, the Los Osos service areas, City of Sacramento, and Columbus, Ohio. Chris has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis.
Tess has prepared and evaluated drought plans, integrated water resource plans, groundwater management plans, and agricultural and urban water management plans. She has participated in competitive grant writing efforts, helping applicants receive awards of over $8 million on behalf of regional consortiums. In 2014, she was part of the team awarded a Regional Water Authority grant for 2.5 million. She has led workshops on drought management, master planning, and urban water management planning and has managed permitting efforts for local, state, and federal infrastructure facilities (water tanks, pump stations, etc). As past vice chairperson of the Utilities Rate Advisory Commission in Sacramento, California, Tess reviewed and commented on proposed changes to utility service rates for water, sewer, garbage, recycling, yard waste, and street sweeping services and advised on utility rate changes that were subsequently majority approved. She led public City hearings about utility service rates and collected public feedback. Tess has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Andrea also excels at working on Urban Water Management Plans, Integrated Resource Plans, and Water Supply Assessments. From 2015-2016, Andrea worked on the MWM team that was tasked to complete Urban Water Management Plans for five different clients: Liberty Utilities (formerly Park Water Corp.), City of Sonoma, Suisun-Solano Water Authority, Mid-Peninsula Water District, and Cambria Community Services District. One of her highlights for 2020 was working on BAWSCA’s Regional Water Demand and Conservations Projections and the City of Santa Barbara’s Water Conservation Strategic Plan, both of which are centered around the “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” legislation that was introduced in 2018.
Andrea’s education includes a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of California.
- The widely used manual M52 “Water Conservation Programs - A Planning Manual” published in 2006 by the American Water Works Association (co-authored with Lisa Maddaus)
- The Urban Drought Guidebook for the California Department of Water Resources in 1988
- Led the effort to prepare the Water Conservation Guidebook for the Pacific Northwest Section of AWWA in 1993
- Co-author of the United Nations handbook, “Guide to Preparing Urban Water Efficiency Plans,” in 2003
- Prepared the AWWA M50 manual, “Water Resource Planning,” in 2001. William updated this manual and a second edition was published in 2007.
From 1999-2002 he was chair of an AWWA national committee, Water Resource Planning and Management. In 2008, the California Urban Water Conservation Council bestowed on him their highest award, the Mike Moynahan Excellence Award. In October 2011, he was awarded the Alliance for Water Efficiency Water Star Award, the Alliance’s most respected nationwide honor for his nearly five decades of dedication to the water conservation field.
William pioneered comprehensive conservation planning for water utilities, using cost-effectiveness analysis, and evaluating water savings from completed programs. He has prepared hundreds of water conservation planning studies for water agencies nationally and internationally. The Urban Water Conservation Best Management Practices, an innovative approach to water conservation in California, were developed with his assistance on program design. He also derived the original basis for projecting water savings. William has prepared UWMPs complying with state guidelines for numerous water agencies in California over the past three decades. As needed, William has provided expert witness services to public agencies.
His academic background includes a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and an M.S. and C.E. from MIT, where he specialized in water resources. He is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, American Water Works Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow). William is a registered Irrigation Association (IA) Member, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), and has conducted hundreds of inspections of landscapes and irrigation systems.
Annikki has served as a CII Solutions and Water Conservation Specialist, having great success assisting and training hundreds of service providers in equipment operation, troubleshooting, and diagnostic analysis using water use data, infographics, and standard operating procedures. She has conducted more than 50 water audits across residential and commercial properties and effectively trained a diverse range of audiences on a variety of technical water topics, including CII Water Audits, Environmental and Industrial Processes, Landscape and Irrigation Evaluation, and Cooling Tower Assessment. Most recently, she provided CII Water Audit Training for over 100 attendees in a PG&E webcast and 10 employees at an in-person training for El Paso Water in Texas.
Annikki is passionate about water education and training. She has served as the lead trainer for environmental and industrial processes for over 200 employees, including the development and execution of both curricula and presentations. She has worked with hundreds of residents and CII customers to increase water use efficiency, developing specific infographics and processes to facilitate understanding and engagement. Using curricula that she developed to be specific to the audience’s needs, Annikki successfully trained a non-technical sales staff on how to interpret high resolution water use data and diagnose equipment issues for cooling tower operation, irrigation systems, and building water use patterns. She is particularly proud of the educational work she has done with the younger generation. She has developed and implemented water education curriculum in more than 40 elementary and junior high schools that focused on plant water use and irrigation efficiency, life cycle assessment, the urban water cycle, and wastewater treatment.
In addition to her technical experience in CII water management, Annikki has served as a water quality field technician, a wastewater treatment plant operator, an environmental process lead, a water educator, and a water resource coordinator. She also has implemented water efficiency programs in industrial and municipal settings and served as one of two experts on the US Committee for development of the ISO 14046:2014 Environmental management — Water footprint — Principles, requirements and guidelines standard.
Annikki has a B.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University.