Experienced & Visionary Leadership
I have worked on water resources, energy and urban planning issues for over 30 years. In 2010 I was elected to represent Maricopa County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board (otherwise known as the Central Arizona Project (CAP)). I am running for re-election to the CAP Board in the November 2016 General Election
In 2014 I ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission, but did not win. Since November 2014 I have been working on house renovation and landscape construction projects and volunteering for several community organizations.
From 2009 until 2014, I directed the Western Lands and Communities program, a joint program between the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. This program supports applied research, demonstration projects, and education focused on managing growth, sustaining regions, protecting resources and empowering communities throughout the intermountain west. See the links page (or click here) for additional information on Western Lands and Communities and the Sonoran Institute.
Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute, I taught as a Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. I also served as the ASU Coordinator for the Arizona Water Institute.
Previously, I served for 9 years as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. My responsibilities included overseeing the state’s Active Management Area, conservation, assured water supply, recharge, well permitting, and groundwater and surface water rights programs. I also worked for the Department for 3 years as the Planning Supervisor for the Phoenix regional office. I started my career in 1980, working in Washington DC on energy conservation, financing and renewable energy generation.
My principal areas of professional expertise include western water policy, linkages between energy, water and growth, and land use management. I also serve, or have served, on a number of committees and advisory boards including the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee, the Trust for Public Land’s Arizona Advisory Council, the Arizona Heritage Alliance Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for Papago Park. I also served for 9 years on the City of Phoenix Parks Board, which I chaired for 2 years. I previously served on the Governor’s Growing Smarter Oversight Council and the Journal of Southwest Hydrology Advisory Board.
I earned a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell University and both a Ph.D. and Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina. I recently received one of the top career recognitions for a planner, with induction in 2012 into the Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
My wife, Rita Jo Anthony is the founder and President of a small native seed business in South Phoenix, Wild Seed. Rita also serves on the Board of Directors of Amigos de las Americas. Our son Joseph recently graduated from Prescott College and is working for the Springs Stewardship Institute in Flagstaff, AZ.
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