Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, to be the keynote speaker!

Antonio Villaraigosa is a respected voice in American politics and a prominent policymaker with a keen understanding of America’s mainstream and emerging communities. Known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi-partisan coalitions, he draws support from the broad center of both Democratic and Republican voters.

In 2013 Mr. Villaraigosa finished his two terms as 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development and education reform. Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr.Villaraigosa served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. Villaraigosa served in the California State Assembly as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly.

Mr. Villaraigosa also has served in academia, as a fellow at Harvard University and a professor in public policy at the University of Southern California. He also is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he works in the private sector as a Senior Advisor with Banc of California, amongst others, and serves on the McGraw Hill Global Education board of directors.

General Session

Panel A: New Challenges in Managing our Water Supplies

  • Gary Sawyer, Bolen, Fransen, Sawyers
  • John Withers, California Strategies
  • David Armanasco, California Strategies

Panel B: Data Management and the Internet of Things

  • Guneet Bedi, VP Business Development, Relayr
  • Invited

Panel C: Investment Opportunities in Water

  • Phil Erlanger, Managing Partner Pontifax Ventures
  • Miguel Grainer, Managing Partner Invested Development
  • Mike Wilbur, Wilbur Ellis Venture Fund (tentative)

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions


  • Andrew Stone, American Ground Water Trust
  • Kevin McGillicuddy, Roscoe Moss Company
  • Nicolas Steverlynck, Hose Solutions
  • Dianna Crilley, USGS California Science Center
  • Nicholas Hayes, Wellntel
  • Jason Weinberger, In-Situ Inc
  • Lacey Williams, RAS, Inc
  • Bill Brown, SkyTEAM

Urban Water Use

  • Brent Mechum, Industry Development Director, Irrigation Association
  • Heather McPherson, Regional Vice President, Nexus e Water
  • Scott Jackson

New Technology Showcase

  • Olivier Jerphagnon, CEO and Founder, Powwow Energy-
  • Manu Pillai, CEO and Founder, Water Bit
  • Guillermo Valenzuela, CEO, Wisecon
  • Brian Bassett, CEO and Founder, H20 Optimizer
  • Dynamax (speaker tbd)
  • Ashwin Madgavkar, Founder and CEO, Ceres
  • Sanjay Kumar Rajpoot, Co-Founder and CEO, FarmX
  • Chris Terrell, Co- Founder and CEO, Wexus