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General Manager, Maureen A. Stapleton
Maureen A. Stapleton is the General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority, the regional water agency that provides up to 90 percent of all the water used in San Diego County supporting a $188 billion economy and the quality of life for over 3.1 million residents. Stapleton assumed her duties in January 1996. As General Manager, Stapleton oversees a dynamic agency that is aggressively pursuing a comprehensive array of water supply and infrastructure programs designed to diversify and improve the reliability of San Diego County's water supply. She successfully negotiated the landmark 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement which included the Imperial Irrigation District Water Transfer and the lining of the All American and Coachella canals that together will provide up to 21.4 million acre-feet of water to San Diego County over 110 years. She is also responsible for the implementation of a $3.8 billion Capital Improvement Program, including the Emergency Storage Project, a system of new and expanded reservoirs, interconnected pipelines and pumping stations designed to make water available to the San Diego region during an emergency. In addition, the Water Authority is aggressively pursuing the development of seawater desalination, outdoor conservation, and enhanced recycling to continue the supply diversification effort for the San Diego region.
Deputy General Manager, Sandra L. Kerl
Sandra Kerl joined the Water Authority as its Deputy General Manager in November 2009. Kerl has over 25 years of progressively responsible experience in all aspects of municipal management. She served as City Manager of La Mesa, California and has broad experience with city management, extensive knowledge of organizational issues, and a pragmatic understanding of capital project management and delivery. Throughout her professional career she has been active in the International County Management Association, and has served as chair of the San Diego City/County Managers Association and San Diego Regional Training Center. Kerl received her Bachelor of Political Science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Redlands.
Deputy General Manager, Frank Belock
Frank Belock has oversight of the Water Authority’s extensive infrastructure system, which includes almost 300 miles of large-diameter pipelines and associated facilities, as well as a dynamic $3.6 billion Capital Improvement Program. He oversees the work of the Operations and Maintenance and Engineering departments. Belock joined the Water Authority in 2007. Prior to joining the Water Authority, Belock worked for Parsons as an area manager and as the Director of the Water Department for the city of San Diego.
Assistant General Manager, Dennis A. Cushman
Dennis Cushman leads the Water Authority’s externally focused water policy initiatives and programs designed to diversify and improve the reliability of the region’s water supply. Cushman also directs the legislative advocacy programs of the Water Authority in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C. He oversees the work of the Water Authority’s efforts on the Metropolitan Water District Program and manages the Public Outreach and Conservation Department. From 1997 to 2001, he was director of the Water Authority’s Public Affairs Department. Prior to his appointment as assistant general manager in August 2002, he was associate vice president of Marketing and Communications at San Diego State University, one of the largest universities in the U.S. Cushman has nearly 20 years experience in public affairs and management in the public and private sectors.
General Counsel, Daniel S. Hentschke
Dan Hentschke is the Water Authority’s chief legal officer and is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the Water Authority. The general counsel’s office provides legal advice, counsel and representation to the Water Authority and its board of directors and staff. He has served as general counsel for the Water Authority since February 1998.
Administrative Services Director, Matt Brown
Bio coming soon.
Colorado River Program Director, Dan Denham
Dan Denham is responsible for the implementation of the Water Authority’s Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) supply programs in the Lower Colorado River Basin. This includes a 200,000 acre-foot per year conserved water transfer with the Imperial Irrigation District and management of an 80,000 acre-foot per year water allocation agreement related to the concrete-lining of the All American and Coachella Canals. All of these efforts are managed in concert with the Water Authority’s long-term financial planning and resource diversification goals, relationship management across multiple constituencies, and a comprehensive public outreach program that focuses on local community involvement. Before joining the Water Authority in 2006 Denham served in various capacities at the city of San Diego including finance rates and bonds manager of the Metropolitan Wastewater Department, capital improvements program coordinator in the Financial Management Department, and as a public affairs representative in Mayor Susan Golding’s Office. Denham has also served as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University where he holds undergraduate degrees in Public Administration and Economics, and a graduate degree in Public Administration.
Engineering Director, William J. Rose
William J. Rose is responsible for the design and construction of new regional water facilities in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP); rehabilitation or replacing facilities identified as part of the Asset Management Program; managing major emergency facility repairs; and providing overall CIP programmatic monitoring and controls. Rose also manages the Water Authority’s real-estate interests by including the acquisition, disposal, and lease of real property; patrolling and managing 168 miles of right of way; and providing survey services. Rose is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and joined the Water Authority in 2001.
Finance Director, Lisa Marie Harris
Lisa Marie Harris directs the department responsible for accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, cash and treasury management, debt management and administration, capital financing, investor and credit rating agency relations, and rate setting and administration. Harris joined the Water Authority in May 2014 and has more than 23 years of financial experience in both the public and private sector, including working at the County of San Diego as chief deputy treasurer, the State Treasurer's Office as executive director of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, the city and County of San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport as the chief financial officer, and most recently for Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC, an investment banking firm, as senior vice president. Harris received her Bachelor's degree in Economics from University at California, Berkeley and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Metropolitan Water District Program Director, Amy Chen
Amy Chen manages the Water Authority’s Metropolitan Water District Program, responsible in supporting the Water Authority Board officers and MWD delegates in developing and implementing strategies to achieve the Water Authority’s long-term supply reliability goal. Her group works closely with various Water Authority departments, linking MWD programs and policies to the Water Authority’s management strategies and operations. She also works closely with MWD board members and member agency managers in advocating the Water Authority’s positions relative to MWD programs and activities. Chen is a California registered professional engineer with more than 20 years experience in water resources engineering and planning. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees both from University of Southern California in civil engineering. Chen joined the Water Authority in 1996 to lead the Water Authority’s Los Angeles office managing liaison relationship with the MWD board and member agencies, and she was named MWD program chief in February 2008.
Operations and Maintenance Director, Gary A. Eaton
Gary Eaton directs the department responsible for all aspects of water delivery including dispatch, water quality, storage, security, emergency response, fleet operations, and energy generation. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies and programs for the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Water Authority’s large and complex aqueduct system and facilities. He earned his Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. Gary Eaton joined the Water Authority in 1988 and became Director of Operations and Maintenance in July 2003.
Public Outreach and Conservation Director, Jason Foster
Jason Foster serves as the director of the Public Outreach and Conservation Department. He supervises the Water Authority’s conservation programs and outreach efforts, including community outreach on construction projects, the agency’s small-business contracting opportunities program (SCOOP), media relations, education programs, and regional communications related to conservation and water supply issues. Prior to coming to the Water Authority in December 2006, Foster served as the media relations manager for San Diego State University and also worked in the San Diego region as a public affairs consultant.
Water Resources Director, Ken E. Weinberg
Ken Weinberg serves as director of Water Resources for the San Diego County Water Authority and is responsible for long-term water supply and facilities planning and water resources management, including the short-term and long-range water demand forecasting and the development of local supply projects. Most recently, Weinberg successfully led the years’ long effort of the Water Authority to develop and approve a Water Purchase Agreement for the Carlsbad Desalination Project and the planning of Water Authority conveyance facilities required to accept and distribute this new supply. He oversees the periodic update of the Water Authority’s Regional Urban Water Management Plan and the Regional Water Facilities Master Plan as well as implementing the Water Authority's Water Shortage and Drought Management Plan. He is also responsible for environmental compliance activities and resource agency permits for Water Authority capital projects and ensuring the Water Authority’s projects comply with California and federal environmental regulations. In addition, Weinberg manages the Water Authority’s efforts along with the city of San Diego and the county of San Diego, on the development and management of the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management program (IRWM) and related IRWM grants program. He is also co-chair of the San Diego IRWM Regional Advisory Committee, which evaluates and recommends applications for state bond funding and approves updates to the regional IRWM Plan. Weinberg has been with the Water Authority since 1991 and previous to that worked for the city of San Diego conducting long term facility planning. He earned his Bachelors of Science from State University of New York College at Buffalo and his Masters of Public Administration from San Diego State University.