Tim Quinn, Executive Director

As executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Timothy Quinn leads the largest water organization of its kind in the nation. With offices in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., ACWA is a statewide association whose 430 local public water agency members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California.

Quinn, who became ACWA executive director in July 2007, has more than 25 years of experience in California water issues. He has worked on several key policy initiatives, including the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan now under development to protect species and provide regulatory assurance to water users. He also participated in negotiation of the 2002 Sacramento Valley Water Management Agreement, the 2000 CALFED Record of Decision, the 1995 Monterey Agreement, the 1994 Bay-Delta Accord, and a number of water transfer agreements.

Prior to joining ACWA, Quinn served as deputy general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and represented the district on numerous statewide issues since 1994. He joined MWD in 1985 as principal economist, and became deputy general manager in 1994.

Before coming to MWD, Quinn was a project manager at the RAND Corporation, specializing in research on natural resources and environmental policy issues.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 1974 and his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1976 and 1983.