Mary Ann Dickinson is the President and CEO of Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the US and Canada. Based in Chicago, the Alliance works with water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators and consumers. Prior to joining the Alliance in July of 2007, Mary Ann was Executive Director of the California Urban Water Council Conservation Council, a non-profit organization composed pf 387urban water supply agencies, environmental groups, and other entities managing statewide water conservation in California and implementing the nation's first set of Best Managmennt Practices.
Mary Ann has over 35 years of experience, having worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in environmental planning, she has authored numerous publications on water conservation, land use planning, and natural resources management, and has co-produced two films which have aired on public television and community cable stations. She is Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association, President of the California Irrigation Institute, a Trustee and past Chair of the American Water Works Association National Water Conservation Division, and has presented numerous papers on water conservation in Spain, France, Australia, Korea, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Chile, China, Romania, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, and all across the United States.