Mr. Neukrug is a local and national leader in the drinking water, green infrastructure and wastewater utility industries, recognized as a builder of regional and inter-agency coalitions and trust-based relationships with regulators, legislators, and communities. He is the creator of Philadelphia’s Green Cities, Clean Waters Program where he was the CEO of Philadelphia Water’s $1 billion water services utility. He is an advisor to the US EPA and other environmental agencies on issues of policy and regulation, water quality and treatment and urban planning and sustainability and has served on many environmental advocacy organizations. Mr. Neukrug is a graduate in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently teaches 3 courses: “Water, Science, and Politics”, “Sustainable Cities”, and “The US Water Industry in the 21st Century”.
Angela Licata is the Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where she oversees the Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, Bureau of Environmental Compliance, Office of Green Infrastructure, and the Office of Hazardous Materials and Superfund Planning and Assessment. DEP is not only New York City’s public water supply and wastewater utility, but it is also the environmental agency for the City. The range of programs under Ms. Licata’s purview reflects the broad mandate of the Department as a public utility, regulator, and regulated entity. As such, she is responsible for a staggering portfolio of DEP initiatives pertaining to stormwater management, green infrastructure, environmental review, energy and greenhouse gas reductions, climate and resiliency strategies, water demand planning and projections, ecological restoration, and abatement of air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution, including Superfund projects in Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal.
During her tenure at DEP, Ms. Licata has gained a nuanced understanding of nearly every aspect of the operations of the Department. She has put her knowledge and creativity to work identifying 21st Century solutions to the challenges faced by the city, and DEP initiatives have played prominently in citywide sustainability planning under Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC and Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC. Under Ms. Licata’s guidance, the Department released the 2010 NYC Green Infrastructure Plan to manage stormwater runoff from paved surfaces, before it enters the combined sewer system. Furthermore, Ms. Licata played a key role in guiding the City’s preparation for its first Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, which presents an opportunity to achieve further water quality improvements. Ms. Licata was also instrumental in revising and modernizing the New York City Air Code in 2015, the first major overhaul since the 1970s.
Ms. Licata plays a key advisory role for the Department as well. She has developed an extensive list of studies – including water rate studies, affordability analyses, consumption tracking, demand projections, and the 2013 NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan – and has used these plans and studies as a rational basis when advocating for common-sense regulatory reforms. Deputy Commissioner Licata has dedicated her career to public service, and plays a crucial role in envisioning, developing, and implementing programs aimed at improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers.
Jeff Seltzer is the Associate Director for the Stormwater Management Division at the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). In this role, he is responsible for the District’s stormwater management initiatives that improve the quality of the District’s tributaries and rivers, and ensure compliance with federal stormwater requirements. He manages an annual budget of approximately $18 Million that is utilized for capital projects as well as the administration of the District’s stormwater program.
Jeff is a Professional Civil Engineer with over twenty years of experience. Prior to joining DOEE, Jeff worked as a Program Manager for the District Department of Transportation where he was responsible for water quality initiatives and capital projects under the District’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. Additionally, Jeff was the Manager of Capital Projects for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation that was charged with redeveloping over 2000 acres along the Anacostia River.
John Sullivan is the Chief Engineer of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC). John has over 43 years experience in water and wastewater engineering. Mr. Sullivan has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an MBA degree from Northeastern University, as well as a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Mr. Sullivan is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a Certified Operator of Drinking Water Supplies in the Commonwealth.
He has served on the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Advisory Board since 2005, and currently serves as Commissioner on the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPC). Mr. Sullivan currently serves as chair to the Water ISAC Commission (Information Sharing and Analysis Center). John also serves on the Board of Directors for both The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA).
Nancy Gallinaro is the Water Resources Manager, Department of Public Works, for the City of Portland, Maine. She is responsible for the day to day operation of the new sewer collection system and the stormwater system. She is responsible for organizational and program development relative to an EPA Consent Order and Administrative Order. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of a stormwater utility until it is officially in operation and collecting revenue. Major projects include the Development of an Organizational Framework, an Asset Management Program, Stormwater Utility, CMOM Programs and implementation of the stormwater utility and sewer master plan and CSO LTCP. Previous employment includes Director of Strategic Planning for Palm Beach County Water Utilities, Chief Operating Officer, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority in Wilmington, North Carolina and Director of Wastewater Operations, MWRA, Boston, Massachusetts.
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