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Do you know a leader who can help solve California’s water management challenges?


The Water Solutions Network will advance cross-sector collaboration

among leaders focused on the future of water in California.

Effective water management is vital to the economy, ecology, and well-being of 21st century California. Decision-makers and stakeholders today face issues ranging from an aging infrastructure and persistent water quality problems to extremes in both our weather patterns and policy perspectives. The state needs leaders who can cross boundaries, connect resources, and choose bold action that serves California’s communities, farms, and nature.

Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) is honored to partner with DIG IN and Coro Northern California in activating the Water Solutions Network, with sponsorship from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

The network connects and supports individuals who value engaging all stakeholders and bridging differences to generate new solutions. The first cohort of 24 leaders will participate in a shared learning experience beginning in April 2018, building relationships and skills that enable collective problem-solving and action.

The Water Solutions Network is designed to complement the many networks and leadership development programs in California by deepening relationships among rising leaders in the water sector. The network is guided by a diverse group of leaders drawn from all sectors; members of our Advisory Council are listed below.

More information, application information, and an online nomination form are available at WaterSolutionsNetwork.org.

We hope you will stay in touch with the Water Solutions Network as it develops. We welcome your questions and ideas, and invite your suggestions on ways we can all collaborate for a more secure, equitable, and resilient future for water management in California.

Si Se Puede!

Celeste Cantú




Victor Griego

Founder and President



Water Solutions Network Advisory Council

  • Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Barry Bedwell, President, California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
  • Ashley Boren, Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation
  • Mike Connor, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Susana De Anda, Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder, Community Water Center
  • Denise Fairchild, President & CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Debbie Franco, Community and Rural Affairs Advisor and Local Drought Liaison, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • A.G. Kawamura, Founding Member, Orange County Produce, LLC
  • Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Dave Puglia, Executive Vice President, Western Growers
  • Peter Silva, President, Silva-Silva International
  • Lester Snow, Senior Advisor, Water Foundation
  • Ashley Swearengin, President & CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation
  • Buzz Thompson, Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, Stanford Law School
  • Allison Harvey Turner, Environment Program Director, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Michael Woo, Dean, College of Environmental Design, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona