ACWA Hires New Director of Federal Relations

  • by ACWA Staff
  • Jan 16, 2024
  • Water News

ACWA has hired Ian Lyle as its new Director of Federal Relations to lead its advocacy team in Washington D.C., including advocating on behalf of member agencies before Congress and at federal executive branch agencies.

He replaces David Reynolds, who retired in December after 30 years at ACWA.

Lyle has two decades of experience working collaboratively with federal, state and local partners. He worked for 10 years in Congress, including for the Water and Power Subcommittee. Subsequently he worked for nearly a decade in advocacy and management work in the nonprofit association sector.

His nonprofit association experience includes serving from 2014 through 2022 at the National Water Resources Association (NWRA) first as Director of Federal Affairs and then as its Executive Vice President. ACWA is a member of NWRA. Most recently, he worked at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, an organization that provides at-cost power to 42 million people across 48 states.

“We are incredibly fortunate in being able to bring Ian into ACWA,” said ACWA Executive Director Dave Eggerton. “He has an exceptional combination of relevant experience, the utmost professionalism, and the personality and demeanor to excel in this position. He knows California water policy and many of our member agencies.”

Lyle has experience testifying before Congress, engaging news media, speaking at numerous congressional roundtables, and planning and executing dozens of conferences.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to become part of the exceptional ACWA team,” Lyle said. “ACWA and its members are on the leading edge of efforts to address the many challenges facing public water agencies. I am excited to join this critically important effort.”

He will be attending ACWA’s 2024 Spring Conference & Expo in Sacramento and looks forward to getting to know more of ACWA’s members.

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