John Zimmerman

Mr. Zimmerman was named TMWA’s General Manager by the TMWA Board of Directors on June 15, 2022. Prior to that, he served as TMWA’s Assistant General Manager (June 2021 – June 2022) and Water Resources Manager (March 2016 – June 2021). Before joining TMWA, John practiced law for 10 years with a Reno firm where he specialized in water, mining, and real property law. In private practice, John represented a wide-array of clients in water right disputes before the Nevada State Engineer and state and Federal court and with numerous water right and real property transactions. At TMWA, John leads a highly-skilled and professional team responsible for managing all issues related to providing high-quality drinking water to the Truckee Meadows.  John earned his law degree from Boyd Law School and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in resource economics from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Mr. Zimmerman is licensed to practice law in Nevada and is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and Washoe County and American Bar Associations, Nevada Water Resources Association, and the Board of Advisors of the National Judicial College’s Dividing the Waters program. John has written extensively and made numerous presentations to local, state, and national bar associations and other professional organizations regarding water law and real property issues.

Barbara-Anne Bensted

Barbara-Anne Bensted has had a successful international, multi-industry career in enabling organisations to achieve sustainable business transformations through the adoption of leading technologies, process and organisational behavioural changes. Barbara-Anne is currently Cap Gemini’s VP for Digital Transformations. Previous to that Barbara-Anne was Partner, Digital Delta, Energy & Natural Resources for KPMG.

Michael Thomas


Mr. Thomas is a licensed mechanical and civil engineer in California, with 30 years working in the water,
nuclear, petroleum, and aircraft industries the past 18 years at Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California. In his current role as a capital programs manager, he oversees teams responsible
for Capital Investment Plan (CIP) management, construction contracts, project controls, and engineering
administration support.