President | Water Finance Research Foundation
Greg Baird is the president of the Water Finance Research Foundation. He specializes in long-term utility planning, infrastructure asset management and capital funding strategies for municipal utilities in the United States. He has served as a municipal finance officer in California with rate design and implementation experience and as the CFO of Colorado’s third-largest utility. He is widely published and presents on utility infrastructure asset management and integrated water finance issues. He is also a frequent contributor to Water Finance & Management.
Director of Finance | East Bay Municipal Utility District
Sophia Skoda is director of finance for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which provides high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California. The district also provides wastewater treatment service to the San Francisco Bay area, serving 740,000 customers. Skoda has been with East Bay MUD since 2006 when she was a senior civil engineer. She then served as treasury manager until her current role as finance director since 2015.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer | National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Chris Hornback joined NACWA in 2001 and is currently the Deputy CEO, responsible for tracking relevant regulatory issues and formulating NACWA regulatory policy. He oversees the Association’s efforts related to water quality, wet weather, biosolids, and utility management. Hornback coordinates the activities of six standing committees and workgroups and manages the Association’s Targeted Action Fund. Prior to joining NACWA, Hornback worked as a Senior Associate with Booz/Allen/Hamilton, a multinational management consulting firm. During his five years with Booz/Allen, he specialized in the areas of hazardous waste management, solid waste management, underground storage tanks, risk management planning, and clean water issues. Hornback has a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.
Chief Executive Officer | National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Adam Krantz is CEO of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Prior to that, he was managing director of government and public affairs at NACWA, where he worked since 2001. NACWA advocates on behalf of the nation’s public clean water agencies on an array of regulatory, legislative and legal issues geared toward ensuring sustainable clean water agencies and a move toward the Utility of the Future. Prior to his positions at NACWA, Krantz was an associate editor/reporter at Inside Washington Publishers where his work focused on covering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Congress’s national water quality initiatives. Before entering the environmental arena, Krantz worked as an attorney in the Washington, D.C. law firm, Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky on litigation matters.
Senior Manager | Raftelis
Joe Crea serves as senior manager in Raftelis’ Cincinnati office and his work focuses on helping municipal utilities manage the myriad financial and managerial efforts required to maintain sustainable and effective service delivery. With more than 10 years of experience in the utility industry, Crea has developed a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing water and wastewater utilities.
Director of Business Development | SmartCover Systems
John Marciszewski is director of business development for SmartCover Systems. Throughout his career he has focused on innovative practices for buried infrastructure, with emphasis on capital efficiency, system resiliency and water loss management. Marciszewski has 25 years of commercialization experience in high-tech, focusing on the water-energy nexus since 2005. He is also a founding Industrial Advisory Board member for the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management Center. He has a Master of Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.