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Keynote Address

Dr. Manuel P. Teodoro
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

Prof. Teodoro’s scholarship stands at the nexus of politics, public policy, and public management. His research focuses on U.S. environmental policy, examining the ways in which human capital, management practices, and political institutions condition the implementation of federal environmental regulations. He pursues a line of applied policy research on water utility finance and management, and has developed new methods for assessing rate equity and affordability. Ongoing efforts include comparative analysis of private and public utility management, as well analysis of racial, ethnic, and income disparities in environmental compliance and enforcement.


Photo of Margaret BowmanMargaret Bowman
Program Director, Spring Point Partners LLC

Ms. Bowman leads Spring Point’s programs on water sustainability and animal welfare. She has 30 years of conservation expertise, focused primarily on freshwater ecosystems. Previously, Margaret was a consultant promoting sustainable water solutions in the American West, including development of impact-focused private investments. She has worked for the Walton Family Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, American Rivers, and the Environmental Law Institute. She has also worked as an environmental consultant to the Czecho-Slovak government and worked as an environmental attorney in private practice.


Photo of Deborah DegillioDeborah Degillio
President, New Jersey American Water

Ms. Degillio serves as president of New Jersey American Water. She is the principal external contact for American Water in New Jersey, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 2.7 million people in over 190 communities. In this role, she reinforces and strengthens customer, regulatory and local government relationships and drives operational and financial results for New Jersey. Additionally, she serves as senior vice president of the company’s Eastern Division, which is comprised of New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Maryland.


Photo of Nina HoeNina Hoe Gallagher
Director of Research and Evaluation, ImpactED

Ms. Gallagher, a Philadelphia native, has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation in the areas of social impact, community engagement, education, public health, transportation, and criminology. Her areas of expertise include study and instrument design, public opinion research, in-person interviews and focus groups, program evaluation, statistics, and project management. Nina serves on the Board of Friends of the Wissahickon and is an avid cyclist in Philadelphia.


David Harpell
Executive Director, Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority
President, Association of Environmental Authorities

Mr. Harpell is the current president of the Association of Environmental Authorities. His career highlights include six years consulting with the PMK Group and seven years at the Brick Township MUA where he was the project manager for the design and construction of the Brick Reservoir. For the past 11 years, Mr. Harpell has been the executive director of the Jackson Township MUA. Mr. Harpell and the Jackson Township MUA have been able to effectuate nearly $65 million in capital improvements while keeping potable water rates 15% below the Ocean/Monmouth County average.


Photo of Dan KennedyDan Kennedy
Director of Environmental and Utility Operations, Utility & Transportation Contractors of New Jersey

Mr. Kennedy represents approximately 1,000-member firms active in all phases of heavy, highway, site, utility and environmental remediation construction, in the public and private sectors, throughout the State. In addition to his role in statewide matters, he staffs the national Clean Water Construction Coalition, an organization of construction associations whose purpose is to promote federal legislation that improves water and wastewater infrastructure on a national level. He is a current member of the Jersey Water Works Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the JWW Asset Management and Finance Committee.


Jane Kenny
Owner and Managing Partner, The Whitman Strategy Group LLC

In her role at the The Whitman Strategy Group, an all-women firm specializing in environmental and energy issues and government relations. Previously, she has served as a regional administrator of the US EPA. Ms. Kenny has been a top advisor to three governors of New Jersey, and served as New Jersey’s commissioner for the Department of Community Affairs. She serves on the Board of Directors for New Jersey Resources. She is a trustee for New Jersey Future and a visiting associate of the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.


Photo of Andy KricunAndrew Kricun
Executive Director and Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority 

Mr. Kricun operates an 80 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility located in Camden. He has over 30 years of experience in wastewater and biosolids management. Mr Kricun holds a professional engineer’s license in Civil Engineering, and is a board certified member of the American Association of Environmental Engineers. He serves on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and is the chair of its Utility of the Future and its Community Service committees. He was the 2012 recipient of the Praxis award for professional ethics, and has received three environmental quality awards from the U.S. EPA.


Mark Mauriello
Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning, Edgewood Properties

Mark Mauriello began his career with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in May 1980. He was appointed as land use regulation director in 2002 and assistant commissioner in 2006, and in November 2008 he became DEP commissioner, replacing newly confirmed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. Upon his retirement from DEP in January 2010 he formed his own consulting firm, specializing in coastal zone management, floodplain management, land use regulation and regulatory compliance. He then accepted a position as director of environmental affairs and planning with Edgewood Properties, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s environmental programs and serving as an advisor on regulatory issues and property acquisitions.


Photo of Commissioner McCabeCatherine R. McCabe
Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Ms. McCabe assumed her duties as Commissioner of the DEP in Jan. 2018. She comes to the DEP with a distinguished career in government service, both in environmental law and science. Most recently, Commissioner McCabe served as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Region 2 Administrator. In that position, she assisted the regional administration in overseeing operations and regional implementation of all EPA programs in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She also served as Acting EPA Administrator and Acting Region 2 Administrator in 2017, and was a long-time member of the EPA’s Executive Management Council.


Nicole Miller
Principal, MnM Consulting LLC

Ms. Miller is a communications professional with more than a decade of experience creating targeted publicity and marketing campaigns for a range of clients in private industry and the nonprofit sector. MnM Consulting specializes in media development, digital and print publishing, brand strategy, content creation, and clean energy/ sustainability education for business and general audiences. MnM Consulting works with several small business, government and non-profit clients across a number of industries on brand development, project management, event coordination, and product deployment.


Jennifer Moore
Owner and Artist, Urban Kween Brand


Photo of NeukrugHoward Neukrug
Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Neukrug is University of Pennsylvania’s professor of professional practice in global water leadership and founding director of the Water Center at Penn.  His 40 years in the water industry culminated as chief executive officer of Philadelphia Water. He advises cities and water utilities in everything “water’. As founder of Philadelphia’s first Office of Watersheds, he Created its award winning Green Cities, Clean Waters program. He is a professional engineer, member of the US National Drinking Water Advisory Council, principal of CASE Environmental LLC, senior advisor to the Global Water Leaders Group and chairs the Leading Utilities of the World Network.


Hon. André Sayegh
Mayor, City of Paterson

Mayor Sayegh assumed office in July 2018. He served on the Paterson City Council from 2008 to 2018, where he helped establish a more business-friendly and family-friendly Paterson. He was an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College for 17 years and served as the director of job readiness and customized training. Prior to his election to the City Council, he served on the Paterson Board of Education, as chief of staff for State Senator John A. Girgenti, and as a field representative for Congressman Bill Pascrell.


Photo of Senator Bob SmithHon. Bob Smith
Senator, New Jersey 17th Legislative District
Chair, New Jersey Senate Energy and Environment Committee

Senator Smith represents the rights and interests of the citizens of the 17th Legislative District, a dynamic and ever changing community, which includes parts of Middlesex and Somerset Counties. Having served in the New Jersey State Legislature since 1986, first as a State Assemblyman and more recently as State Senator, Bob Smith is considered one of the State’s leading environmental lawmakers. During his eight terms in the General Assembly, Smith was consistently ranked at or near the top of NJPIRG’s Public Interest rating and has been named Environmental Legislator of the Year by several New Jersey environmental organizations.


Photo of Lester TaylorLester Taylor
Former Mayor, City of East Orange
Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC

Mayor Taylor chairs the law firm’s education practice group focusing on representing boards of education in matters related to general counsel services, special education, litigation, labor, employment, and workers’ compensation. Mayor Taylor has represented state, county, and municipal public entities. He has significant experience in all facets of education law and has represented a number of urban and suburban school districts throughout New Jersey. Lester served as Mayor of the City of East Orange, NJ from 2014-2017.


Photo of WarwoodAlex Warwood
Workforce Development Director, Philadelphia Water Department

Upon graduation from Temple University, Mr. Warwood joined the United States Coast Guard, where he investigated and enforced environmental pollution regulations as a petty officer. After his honorable discharge, Alex earned a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Alex joined the Philadelphia Water Department as an environmental scientist. In that role, he supported green stormwater infrastructure maintenance and workforce development initiatives. Currently, Alex works in human resources as the apprenticeship and workforce development director, guiding, preparing and motivating the next generation of water resource industry professionals.

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