2021 Water Leaders Class Evaluates California’s Efforts to Achieve Water Equity
Rising stars in the water world chosen for highly competitive leadership program
Twenty-three early to mid-career water professionals from across California have been chosen for the 2021 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly competitive and respected career development program.
The Water Leaders class includes engineers, lawyers, resource specialists, scientists and others from a range of public and private entities and nongovernmental organizations from throughout the state. The roster for the 2021 class can be found here.
The Water Leaders program, led by Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Bowles, deepens knowledge on water, enhances individual leadership skills and prepares participants to take an active, cooperative approach to decision-making about water resource issues. Leading stakeholders and top policymakers serve as mentors to class members.
Established in 1997, the William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is a one-year program that identifies up-and-coming community leaders from diverse backgrounds and educates them about water issues.
The 2021 class will spend the year evaluating California’s efforts to achieve water equity and recommending solutions. At the end of their year, class members will present the results of their project to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
This year, the Wayne Clark Young Professional’s Water Education Scholarship was awarded to Cynthia Harris from the Environmental Law Institute. The scholarship was established by the Urban Water Institute in honor of its founder, Wayne Clark, who passed away in 2018.
Additionally, the John P. Fraser Water Leaders Fellowship was awarded to Brad Arnold from Calaveras County Water District. The fellowship was created by the Association of California Water Agencies to honor former long-time ACWA Executive Director John P. Fraser.