The California Water Efficiency Partnership, Sacramento, California, and Washington, D.C., previously known as the California Urban Water Conservation Council, recently announced its new leadership team of co-directors: Sarah Foley and Tia Lebherz.

“The CalWEP Board of Directors is thrilled to have Sarah and Tia at the helm as we continue to grow and evolve the organization to support our members – including urban water agencies, businesses, and non-profits across the state,” CalWEP Board Chair Greg Bundesen, with Sacramento Suburban Water District, says. “They have demonstrated the ability to collaborate with stakeholders to achieve measurable impact. We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish as Co-Executive Directors.”

Sarah Foley has been with CalWEP since 2012. She has extensive experience with both urban and agricultural water organizations in California. She will oversee the organization’s operations. Tia Lebherz joined the staff of CalWEP in 2018 as the Director of Outreach and Special Projects. With expertise in outreach, advocacy, coalition development, and engagement, and a strong media and communications background, she will lead the organization’s external affairs.

CalWEP’s previous Executive Director, Mary Ann Dickinson, will now return to her position as president and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), a national leader in water efficiency. She had been serving both organizations concurrently. Last year, CalWEP became the first state chapter of AWE.

“It brings me great pleasure to hand over CalWEP to these two incredibly capable and passionate women,” Dickinson states, “Their combined expertise is a win for CalWEP, and I am confident that working together, they will lead the organization to many great successes.”