Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the water industry, including five years in the geothermal and nuclear industries. During this tenure at the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) he was instrumental in the development of the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) Emergency Response initiatives and the innovative SCADA control strategy which balances improvements in water quality with energy management. During his service, LVVWD maintenance practices were documented as being leading edge for the water utility industry.
Prior to joining WaterStart in 2013, Rebecca spent 14 years working on water resources management issues for the Southern Nevada Water Authority gaining an intimate perspective of the challenges in obtaining, treating, and delivering consistently high-quality water to a growing community. While at SNWA, she developed and managed the evaporation data collection and analysis program to support groundwater-basin hydrologic budgets and water-right appropriations, scientific studies for species protected by the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Nevada Revised statutes, and other federal policies, and negotiations for contractual third-party agreements.
Nathan Allen is the Executive Director of WaterStart. Since joining in 2014, Nathan developed the initial program model and grown the organization into a globally recognized water innovation hub. He led the development for online innovation knowledge sharing portal, CHANNELS, and opened up WaterStart to its first international office located in Queensland, Australia. Nathan has also served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Trade Advisory Committee and regularly speaks internationally on water innovation.
Jonas Peterson serves as President and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). In that role, he leads a talented team focused on strengthening the regional economy and positioning LVGEA as a national leader in community and economic development.
Pat Mulroy is a Brookings nonresident senior fellow for climate adaptation and environmental policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law. She also serves as the senior faculty advisor for water resources and technology at the Desert Research Institute. Mulroy also served as the general manager of SNWA for twenty-five years.
Cindy Ortega is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Heron Strategies, an advisory firm dedicated to helping corporations create and implement ESG improvement and climate resiliency strategies. For nearly two decades, Cindy was a C-level executive with MGM Resorts, holding the positions of Chief Financial Officer of Corporate Entities and Chief Sustainability Officer. She has significant experience planning and executing complex, multi-year initiatives with budgets exceeding $40M. As a recognized leader in energy and environment, Cindy has provided testimony to the Nevada State Legislature and the US Supreme Court Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.