Faduma Ali

Faduma has worked as a Junior Professional Officer at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna and Sarajevo on projects pertaining to transboundary water co-operation, climate change, security, and gender mainstreaming in water management. Prior to joining the OSCE, she was an urban planner at a consulting firm in Toronto and interned with UN-Water in New York City. Faduma is passionate about building sustainable cities focused on water governance and youth empowerment. She is a member of the Water Youth Network, a global connector of young people eager to solve the world’s water challenges. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University.

Sanjeev Chadha

Sanjeev is a global business leader, with deep experience across multiple countries and cultures. He retired from PepsiCo in 2018 as Chairman and CEO for Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa. He has served on the boards of several companies and NGOs. Sanjeev is passionate about water security, and was the recipient of the Stockholm Water Award for Industry on behalf of PepsiCo. Under his leadership, PepsiCo’s Indian business achieved ‘positive water balance’– a global first in the food and beverage industry. Sanjeev and his wife are based in Dubai.

Kate Gasner

Kate is Director of Water & Energy Efficiency at Water Systems Optimization (WSO). At WSO, she manages water loss control programs for water utilities throughout the country, develops water loss control best practices, conducts research on leakage and instrumentation, and teaches workshops. In her work, Kate guides water utilities to identify opportunities for water savings in their distribution systems.

Dr. Peter H. Gleick
Senior Fellow, Co-Founder & President Emeritus, Pacific Institute

Dr. Peter Gleick is a world-renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987 he co-founded the Pacific Institute, which he led as President until mid-2016, when he became President-Emeritus. In 2022 he became the organization’s first Senior Fellow.

Sally Liu

Chair of the Pacific Institute board, Sally is dedicated to the protection of our natural environment, with an overarching goal of addressing climate change. Focus areas include water, ecosystem conservation, soil health/regenerative agriculture and plastic pollution. She is a volunteer scientist working at The Nature Conservancy supporting the California water program. She previously worked in environmental consulting at Tetra Tech, with expertise in environmental modeling. Sally also serves on the boards of Sustainable Conservation and The Nature Conservancy California Chapter, and is the co-chair of the California Leadership Council of The Nature Conservancy. She leads the Donor Circle for the Environment at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She co-leads a community action coalition on plastics called Reusable San Mateo County.  

Felicia Marcus

Felicia Marcus is an attorney who has served in leadership and management positions in the government and non-profit sectors. She is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Felicia was most recently Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board (working on issues of drought, groundwater management, water supply, drinking water, water quality and a host of other issues) after having served as Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX and as head of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works in addition to senior leadership in national non-governmental organizations (NRDC and TPL).  She is also a member of the Water Policy Group, an international network of former and current high level water officials, a Board Member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, which oversees the bulk electricity transmission grid for the Western US and parts of Canada and Mexico, and is also one of the three US members of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation in addition to serving on many boards and advisory committees.

Olivier Marie

Mr. Olivier Marie is a strategy management consultant deeply engaged in the cleantech and biotechnology sectors. He regularly contributes to startup and technology accelerator programs such as the Cleantech Open, CALSEED and the Solar Impulse Foundation. He is an advisor of Industrial Microbes, a startup focusing on turning greenhouse gases into industrial chemicals. Olivier has led biofuel projects in Africa and the USA. He was a Partner of Accenture and before a Vice President of Booz Allen & Hamilton in their strategy oil & gas and chemicals practices. He was a trustee and Chair of the board of The Pacific Institute until 2020. He holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Chemistry from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, in France

Marielle Villar Martiney

Marielle Villar Martiney is an organizational strategist, community advocate, and equitable environmental policy enthusiast. Marielle currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Good Old Lower East Side, a community-based environmental and racial justice organization dedicated to helping low-income communities of color stay in their homes and community. She was previously a single-use plastics policy expert for the New York City Mayor’s Office as well as the New York Department of Sanitation and was a Deloitte Smart Cities consultant.     

Michelle McGill 

Michelle is the head of Human Resources at Ariat International. With more than 20 years of HR experience, she has held global leadership roles at LVMH and Gap Inc. Michelle is also a board member of the non-profit Miwok Stable Center in Marin County, California.

Jason Morrison

Jason joined the Pacific Institute in 1993 and became its president in October 2016. As president, he oversees the Institute and its activities, focusing on broadening and amplifying the organization’s reach and impact.

Mohsen Mortada

Mohsen’s 30-year career began with municipal government, followed by 10 years of management consulting, and 15 years as CEO of two large engineering firms in the Middle East and Canada.  In 2022 Mohsen joined 3i Strategies to focus on climate resilience and organizational development matters. Mohsen is experienced in planning and development of infrastructure, strategic planning, as well as water and food security. Mohsen works closely with governing boards, executive teams, and stakeholders to align strategic objectives, develop consensus, and create optimal organizational designs.  Mohsen has worked with many public sector agencies to develop organizational resilience to cope with climate change and unforeseen challenges.

Gavin Power

Gavin is Chief of Sustainable Development and International Affairs at PIMCO. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2018, Gavin was the deputy executive director of the United Nations Global Compact. Gavin led the development of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, a global corporate water stewardship initiative launched in 2007 in partnership with the Pacific Institute. Between 2012 and 2015, he co-led the U.N. Global Compact’s role in the international consultations leading to development and final adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to his U.N. work, Gavin has held senior positions at Ketchum and Levi Strauss and worked as a financial journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He holds a degree in economics from the University of California.

Jennifer Tisdel Schorsch

Jennifer is a seasoned leader in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, with deep expertise in growing brands and organizations for impact. As President of global nonprofit, she led through rapid global and programmatic expansion, accelerating the organization’s impact over ten years from fewer than 1 million people reached with water and sanitation to more than 40 million. Prior to joining, Jennifer helped build the Starbucks brand, from just 150 stores to a global company. She served in multiple capacities within marketing, ultimately as Vice-President, Retail Marketing for North America and Regional Vice-President, Northwest. Previously, Jennifer began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Jennifer is passionate about water, climate, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and issues of equity.

Tony Stayner

Tony balances his time between his impact investing and non-profit work, including the Board of Trustees at and the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund.(SV2).  He mentor/judges for BigIdeas@Berkeley and the Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator. Tony spent 20+ years managing and advising in high growth situations, including Serena Software, Network General Corporation, and Common Ground Software.

John P. Thacher

John is executive chairman of the board at Wilbur-Ellis. He joined the company as vice president of strategic planning and business development, becoming president and CEO in 2006, then executive chairman of the board in 2018. He serves on the boards of Cuvaison Winery and the Argentina-based winery Finca Decero. Previously, he served on the boards of Rabobank North America, Napa Valley Vintners, Hintzsche Company, and the Di Rosa Foundation.

Paul Traina

Paul is a partner at Silicon Valley Social Ventures, a member of The Philanthropy Network, and a mentor at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. His non-profit work and investments focus on projects that catalyze the development of food and water security for communities most vulnerable to climate change.


Ed Begley Jr.


Shashi Buluswar

CEO, the Institute for Transformative Technologies

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Patron and former Chair, Global Water Partnership

Emmy Cattani

Principal, Cattani Farms, LLC

Martha Davis

Executive Manager for Policy Development, Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Mary Ann Dickinson

President and CEO, the Alliance for Water Efficiency

Anne Ehrlich

Author, Biologist, former Director at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University

Dr. Peter H. Gleick

Senior Fellow, Co-Founder & President Emeritus, Pacific Institute

Rob Greenwood

Principal, Ross Strategic

Cynthia Koehler

Executive Director and Co-Founder, WaterNow Alliance

Amory Lovins

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Richard Morrison

Former Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Policies and Programs, Bank of America

John Pratt

Former Executive Director, Water Defense

William Reilly

Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Eugenie Scott

Former Executive Director, the National Center for Science Education

Ismail Serageldin

Director, Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Henry Vaux

Professor of Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Emeritus Chair, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy

Tillie Walton

River Conservationist

Bob Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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