About Us

Our past, present, and future.


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:



Chair, Justin Finch Moulton Niguel Water District
Vice Chair, Rob Whipple Western Municipal Water District
Secretary-Treasurer, Lisa Morgan-Perales Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Board Members

Joe Berg

Municipal Water District of Orange County
Charles Bohlig East Bay Municipal Utility District
Greg Bundesen Sacramento Suburban Water District
Rick Foster
 Rain Bird
Ken Jenkins California Water Service
Elizabeth Lovsted San Diego County Water Authority
Terrence McCarthy Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Bill McDonnell Alliance for Water Efficiency
(Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)
Amy McNulty
 Irvine Ranch Water District
Sarah Musiker Flume
Claire Nordlie City of Santa Rosa
Kendra Olmos
 UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
Julie Ortiz
 San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Patrick Pilz
 California American Water
Carrie Pollard
 Marin Municipal Water District
Amy Talbot Regional Water Authority
Jenyffer Vasquez West Basin Municipal Water District


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


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 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 Senior Program Manager 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.
Linda Vo Program Associate With a strong interest in water issues and policies, Linda will utilize her knowledge and skills to help promote water efficiency and conservation as CalWEP’s Program Associate. 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 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.
Joy Keightley Accountant Joy is CalWEP's accountant. We don't know what we would do without her. She brings her happy disposition to the office everyday and sometimes brings her children along too! Joy loves wine, shoes, and Murder She Wrote.
Michael Walker Administrative Coordinator Michael is an artist and actor who uses his theater stage management skills to keep CalWEP’s office and events running smoothly. Coming to us from the entertainment and technology industries, he’s happy to get his feet wet with water conservation.
Emily Smet CivicSpark Fellow Emily is a CivicSpark fellow serving CalWEP in building capacity for water efficiency projects. She is a recent graduate of UC Davis where she studied environmental science with an emphasis in watershed sciences. Previously she worked in habitat restoration with the Putah Creek Council. She enjoys hiking and camping and has a passion for native plants and California’s waterways.


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.


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. Contact Michael Walker to sign up at Michael(at)calwep(dot)org.

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.

Matt Dickens, Chair Santa Clarita Valley Water District
Michelle Maddaus, Vice Chair Maddaus Water Management


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.

Whitney Ray, Chair East Bay Municipal Utility District
Krista Guerrero, Vice-Chair Metropolitan Water District of Southern California