About Us

Our past, present, and future.

MISSION STATEMENT

CalWEP’s mission is to maximize urban water efficiency and conservation throughout California by supporting and integrating innovative technologies and practices; encouraging effective public policies; advancing research, training, and public education; and building collaborative approaches and partnerships.

The foundation of CalWEP’s long-term efforts include:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Leadership

Chair, Charles Bohlig East Bay Municipal Utility District
Vice Chair, Amy McNulty Irvine Ranch Water District
Secretary-Treasurer, Sarah Musiker California Water Association

Board Members

Joe Berg
 

Municipal Water District of Orange County
Greg Bundesen Sacramento Suburban Water District
Justin Burks Valley Water
Matthew S. Dickens Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
Debby Dunn San Diego County Water Authority
Justin Finch Moulton Niguel Water District
Rick Foster
 Rain Bird
Carlo Gavina Southern California Gas Company
Krista Guerrero Alliance for Water Efficiency
(Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)
Ken Jenkins California Water Service
Terrence McCarthy Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Jazmine Molloy Eagle Aerial Solutions
Claire Nordlie City of Santa Rosa
Julie Ortiz
 San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Patrick Pilz
 California American Water
Jenna Shimmin Eastern Municipal Water District
Amy Talbot Regional Water Authority
Jenyffer Vasquez West Basin Water District
Madeline Wood City of Santa Barbara

Ex-Officio

Ryan Bailey CA Dept. of Water Resources
Thomas Hawes U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

STAFF

Sarah Foley Executive Director, Operations Sarah Foley has been with CalWEP, previously known as the California Urban Water Conservation Council, since 2012. Sarah oversees the organization's operations functions. She has extensive experience with both urban and agricultural water organizations in California. From 2002 to 2012 Sarah served as the deputy director of the Sacramento City-County Office of Metropolitan Water Planning.
Tia Fleming Executive Director, External Affairs Tia oversees CalWEP's external affairs. She has over a decade of experience working with environmental and water-focused non-profits and municipal organizations. She is skilled in outreach, advocacy, facilitation, coalition development, and engagement with strong media and communication experience. Prior to joining CalWEP, Tia worked in various capacities with WaterNow Alliance, Imagine H2O and several environmental and climate-focused non-profits in California.
Lisa Cuellar Director of Programs Lisa works with stakeholders across the state to help implement outdoor water saving programs and trainings. Lisa holds a MS in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and dual undergraduate degrees in Applied Ecology and Environmental Engineering from UC Irvine. Lisa is also a WaterSense certified Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, holds a certificate in permaculture design, and a 2018 graduate of the Water Education Foundation’s Water Leaders Class.
Joy Keightley Controller As Controller, Joy wears many hats overseeing all accounting operations. These operations include everything from financial reporting to establishing internal controls and issuing cash disbursements. Joy has 25 years of accounting experience in a variety of positions from payables to full charge bookkeeping and received a Master of Science in Accountancy in 2008. Joy is considered a CPA candidate as she has passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam.
Linda Vo Senior Program Manager As CalWEP's Senior Program Manager, Linda manages various programs, assists with events, and more to help promote water efficiency and conservation. Prior to joining CalWEP, she was a Legislative Aide in the California State Legislature. She also previously worked as a Water Conservation Assistant at the Alameda County Water District and was a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Water Fellow with the Local Government Commission. Linda graduated with Honors from UC Davis where she majored in Managerial Economics and minored in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning.
Julia Mes Administrative and Program Assistant Julia works as the Administrative & Program assistant. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Before joining CalWEP, Julia worked as a case manager assisting clients through their Social Security Disability cases. She later worked for a food bank in Sacramento, serving the community and assisting in their accounting department. She is a certified yoga instructor, a WaterSense certified Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, and bilingual in Spanish.

HISTORY

Twenty-five years ago, in response to a goal set by the State Water Resources Control Board to save more than one million gallons of water through conservation efforts, hundreds of water agencies, environmental groups, and other interested parties signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A first of its kind collaboration among a vast array of stakeholders, the council established voluntarily best management practices for California water agencies to conserve our most precious resource while documenting their successes.

With increased pressure from a changing climate – more severe droughts and water uncertainty – and new mandatory regulations from the state of California, including new framework to “Make Water Conservation a California Way of Life,” the Council membership voted to allow the organization to sunset, replacing it with a new one: the California Water Efficiency Partnership, or CalWEP.

In March of 2018, the California Water Efficiency Partnership launched as an innovative leader, voice and expert on water efficiency in California. The Partnership carries forward the expertise and collaboration that was a Council hallmark but with a new name and new, nimble framework. CalWEP is committed to providing cutting-edge expertise on California water issues, challenges, and opportunities within a broad collaborative framework.

COMMITTEES

Members of CalWEP are voluntarily organized into two main committees. These committees help drive our work and prioritize our agenda. Members are invited to join one or more committee. As needed, “task forces” will be formed to address more specific, time-limited topics. Members can contact [email protected] to join a committee! 

Research and Evaluation

The Research and Evaluation Committee's mission is to collaboratively identify and pursue research projects that will benefit the statewide membership. Members can view notes and upcoming meetings in MyCalWEP.

Michelle Maddaus, Chair Maddaus Water Management
Rachel Waite, Vice Chair Municipal Water District of Orange County

Program

Pulling from a diverse membership, the program committee meets for regular Peer-to-Peer engagement to communicate needs, successes, and challenges, and identify actionable steps for addressing conservation program needs both on an agency and statewide level. Members can view notes and upcoming meetings in MyCalWEP.

Ariel Flores, Chair Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Jolene Bertetto, Vice Chair East Bay Municipal Utility District

1% For the PlanetWe’re excited to be a 1% for the Planet non-profit partner.

If your business is a member, please consider naming the California Water Efficiency Partnership as your beneficiary.  For more information, please visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.