Water Management and Leadership Development Program

In collaboration with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Extended Education and the Metropolitan Water District, the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) developed a seven-week leadership development program for working water professionals who desire to enter or accelerate their role in management. Currently, 20 professionals are taking part in this program on-site at the Metropolitan Water District in Downtown Los Angeles, learning about effective water delivery methods, public and board policy, and water governance.

There will be six meetings, one every two weeks, and a field trip. Participants convene Friday morning at the Metropolitan Water District at Union Station in Los Angeles. Friday consists of an all-day session, with a combination of presentations and learning groups. 

Courses and topics include:

  • California Water: Development and Delivery
  • Managing Teams and Cultures
  • Water Resource Law and Policy
  • Change Management and Organizational Design
  • Economics of Water and Power
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Global Water Future

Courses are currently offered as “stand alone courses,” but do count toward degree credit at the respective schools. 





Chris WM. Clark, JD

Water Leadership and Management, Program Coordinator

Dr. Clark is a lawyer and a city planner with over 30 years of professional practice at all levels of government and project development. He teaches at Cal Poly in the City and Regional Planning Department. His courses include Water Recourse Law & Policy, Public Policy Development, Environmental Law and Community Development. He was formerly a manager with Fugro West, an international geotechnical engineering firm.



Dr. Elizabeth Lowham

Professor Lowham is the Director of the Center for Expressive Technologies and is the Director of the Master of Public Policy program, where she also teaches. Her classes are focused largely on research design, methodology, and leadership and management. She also teaches an Environmental Politics and Policy course and undergraduate classes in research design and methodology.


Dr. Adrienne Greve

Professor Greve is an agricultural engineer and urban planner. She holds engineering degrees from Cornell and Colorado State and her doctorate from University of Washington. Dr. Greve managed California's State Hazard Mitigation Plan development and is a national leader in Climate Action Planning.



Dr. Steve Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is recognized internationally for his research and consulting related to environmental and land use regulation, energy and water markets, groundwater managements, and antitrust. He has consulted with numerous companies on land and water use issues over the past 10 years and has published over 25 peer reviewed articles in leading journals.


Dr. Gustavo Borel Menezes

Profession Menezes is an engineer with interests in infrastructures and environmental systems with extensive research and professional affiliations in the United States and abroad. Dr. Menezes is a member of the Cal State LA faculty where he teaches courses on wastewater treatment, groundwater contamination and remediation, as well as a broad array of additional courses in the discipline.


Program Coordinator Contact

Email Water Management and Leadership Development Program Coordinator, Chris Clark at cclark@calpoly.edu if you have any questions or concerns.