Philadelphia Water Department, Office of Watersheds
Mr. Abrams serves as Manager for Strategic Policy and Coordination for the Philadelphia Water Department’s Office of Watersheds, where he leads efforts to link PWD’s programs and policies with those of other City departments, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit partners. In addition, his team is actively reviewing policies, codes, and programmatic functions and making recommendations for changes to ensure the success of Philadelphia’s innovative Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plan, “Green City, Clean Waters.”Read more
Jessie Ritter is a graduate student studying environmental management at the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment. She has a BS in Zoology from North Carolina State University. Before returning to school, she gained experience with non-profits Environmental Defense Fund and Oceana. Jessie is currently working with Bill Holman, State Policy Director at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, on a stormwater job creation analysis for the City of Durham. The Nicholas Institute’s water program engages in the research and design of strategies and policy to aid decision makers at the international, national, state and community levels.
Cindy’s background in business administration originated with serving on the board of the Latino Business Students’ Association, a non-profit business organization that strives to advance the Latino student community by preparing them to succeed in corporate America. Upon graduating, she was offered a position with Operations Research Concepts Applied, an aerospace engineering company where she worked as Office Manager of mission planning for unmanned aerial vehicles.Read more
Patrick A. Barnes, P.G. holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the State University New York at Stony Brook and is a graduate of the Crummer Executive Management Program of Rollins College and the TUCK Executive Training Program at Dartmouth College. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in Florida and North Carolina. He is President/CEO and founder of Barnes, Ferland and Associates, Inc. (aka BFA Environmental). BFA is the largest African-American owned utility engineering, environmental and geological services firm based in the southeast US. As President/CEO and founder, he is responsible for the overall management of business finances, operations, strategic planning, and client liaison and market development. He also directly manages the needs all of BFA’s federal clients such as the Navy and the Army Corps of Engineers and oversees several of their state and municipal clients such as the Cities Orlando, Tampa, Ormond Beach, Titusville, Riviera Beach, Longwood, Wildwood, Orange County and the South Florida and St. John’s River Water Management Districts. He is responsible for direct management of work in the Louisiana and North Carolina markets.Read more
Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a co-founder of EKO Asset Management Partners. Previously, he helped found and served as the Managing Director of the “Ecosystem Marketplace,” a web site and information/analysis service covering these emerging environmental markets. In that capacity he co-authored a number of publications on voluntary carbon markets, including “The State of Voluntary Carbon Markets 2007: Picking up Steam” and “Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work.” His most recent publication on markets for biodiversity, entitled “Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading System” has just been published by Earthscan in London. For over a decade he has specialized on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has done consulting work for a number of organizations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and the International Herald Tribune. He has also written numerous publications and chapters on mitigation banking, biodiversity markets, markets for water quality, and other environmental markets. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is currently based in San Francisco.
Matt Burlin, Outreach Coordinator, Sustainable Stormwater Division & Portland Ecoroof Program, City of Portland Environmental Services (BES)
Matt Burlin is an Environmental Program Coordinator with the BES Sustainable Stormwater Division of Environmental Services. Matt coordinates outreach and communications between city planning, design, and permitting staff, private sector professionals, and local communities to build awareness and address barriers to these emerging technologies.Read more
Rick works for the Santa Clara Valley Water District as their manager for the Office for Government Relations where he is responsible for strategic advice and counsel to the CEO and leading and managing public affairs and for all government relations at the Federal, State and local level, which includes developing positive working relationships and implementing strategic outreach and advocacy efforts relating to flood control and water utilities.Read more
Paula Daniels is Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Los Angeles specializing in food and water policy, She took this position in the summer of 2011 after six years as a Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner, where she developed a number of Green Infrastructure initiatives, including a Low Impact Development Ordinance.Read more
Professional experience: Chad has over 20 years of municipal water and wastewater experience:Read more
Brian VanWye, Environmental Protection Specialist, District Department of the Environment, Stormwater Management Division
Brian Van Wye works for the District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) to protect and restore District waterbodies by reducing stormwater pollution. Brian works within DDOE’s Stormwater Management Division on the implementation of the District’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.Read more