Bureau of Reclamation’s Burman to Address 2020 Summer Virtual Conference by Will Holbert Jun 1, 2020 Water News U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman is the latest top decision maker within the water industry confirmed as a keynote speaker during ACWA’s 2020 Summer Virtual Conference, being held July 29-30. She joins California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot and Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth, ACWA announced today. As Commissioner of the Bureau, Burman directs actions undertaken through the federally managed Central Valley Project among numerous projects critical to water supply throughout the Western U.S. and the entire nation. Appointed to head the Bureau in 2017, Burman has more than 25 years of public service experience working on western issues, with an emphasis on water and natural resources. She is the first woman sworn in to lead the Bureau. Registration for the ACWA 2020 Summer Virtual Conference is now open. The cost is $350 for members and $525 non-members. ACWA has automatically transferred existing spring conference registrations to the virtual event and is allowing attendees to either apply the remaining credit toward the 2020 Fall Conference or receive a refund. Titled Resilience Rising, the conference’s line-up of speakers will give attendees an exclusive look at insights on water issues from a statewide and national perspective. ACWA’s first virtual conference will also feature statewide issue forums, a virtual Exhibit Hall and multiple chat rooms where attendees can network with colleagues. In addition, legal, financial and drinking water sessions will be available for continuing education credits. Kounalakis was sworn in as the state’s first woman elected as lieutenant governor in 2019. She serves as acting governor whenever the governor is absent from the state, and automatically becomes governor if a vacancy occurs. The lieutenant governor is also president of the State Senate and votes in case of a tie. Previously CEO of the Water Foundation, Crowfoot worked in the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown from 2011 – 2017 as deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to Brown concerning drought response efforts. Kounalakis and Crowfoot will speak on July 29. Nemeth will deliver a July 30 keynote address. Before heading DWR, Nemeth worked at the California Natural Resources Agency as Gov. Jerry Brown’s deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy since 2014.